Pandemic unemployment compensation program ending July 3

Governor Bill Lee has announced the end of all federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs in Tennessee, effective July 3.

Governor Lee said the state will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs because Tennessee residents have access to more than 250,000 jobs in the state.

Federal pandemic unemployment programs set to end on July 3 include the following:

* Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides for an additional $300 weekly payment to recipients of unemployment compensation

* Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provides benefits for those who would not usually qualify, such as the self-employed, gig workers and part-time workers

* Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which provides for an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted

* Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, which provides an additional $100 benefit to certain people with mixed earnings

Unemployment claimants in Tennessee have been required to complete three weekly job searches in order to remain eligible for benefits since October 4, 2020. Any weeks filed before July 3 that are eligible under federal program requirements will continue to be processed.