Topic: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Organizational Changes Lead To Improvements In Customer Service
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is announcing improvements in two key performance measures that affect unemployment benefit service delivery.
Organizational changes have been made resulting in greater access to self-service features and a reduced backlog of those who have applied for unemployment. «Read the rest of this article»
Rates Decrease in Sixty-Two Tennessee Counties
Nashville, TN – Tennessee County unemployment rates for April 2013, released today, show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in ten.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March. Davidson County also increased from 6.2 in March to 6.5 in April.
Tennessee Unemployment April 2013
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Nashville, TN - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that the 108th General Assembly passed legislation that continues the funding of unemployment benefits for spouses of military personnel who leave their jobs to transfer to a new assignment.
Funding for the program for the current fiscal year was nearly exhausted, prompting the legislative action.
“We’re pleased the General Assembly approved appropriation for this benefit to trailing spouses for the remainder of this fiscal year as well as for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2013,” said Phillips. “This action shows support of our military families and we hope lessens the stress that goes with active duty transfers.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The $1.2 billion unemployment insurance program administered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has made overpayments exceeding $73 million due to fraud and errors over the last six years.
State auditors found that the department’s internal controls for the program were ineffective or non-existent, resulting in overpayments of claims due to fraud or error. The department’s efforts to review fraudulent claims and claims paid in error and to collect overpayments were also strained. The department has only been able to collect 23 percent of the overpayments on average. «Read the rest of this article»
Charter School and Virtual School Legislation take the spotlight this week
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) will propose an amendment to House Bill 0151/Senate Bill 0157 proposed by the Department of Education regarding virtual schools.
The administration’s proposal to address poorly performing virtual schools will allow the Department of Education to institute enrollment caps, or direct the local school district to close the virtual school if it fails to achieve certain student growth benchmarks two academic years in a row. «Read the rest of this article»
Eligibility Broadened, Funding Increased
Nashville, TN – A program that has helped thousands already is broadening its limits to make an even greater impact.
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) administers the federal foreclosure prevention program in Tennessee under the name Keep My Tennessee Home. Answering simple questions at www.KeepMyTNHome.org establishes eligibility. The program is designed for homeowners who have lost 30% or more of their income.
Over 2,400 Tennessee households have received financial assistance since the program began in January 2011. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is advising approximately 39,000 unemployment claimants who are receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that their benefits will cease the first week of January 2013.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) is a federally-funded program, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum). «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – In cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Revenue, Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education will hold the annual Tennessee Business Tax seminar from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, July 17th.
The seminar will be held in the Morgan University Center. Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury will facilitate sessions related to business taxes. In addition, a representative will speak on county/city business tax. «Read the rest of this article»
Montgomery County’s Unemployment Rate Down 0.9 Percent
Nashville, TN – Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April fell to 7.8 percent, down from the March revised rate of 7.9 percent. The national unemployment rate for April 2012 was 8.1 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the March rate.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not.
Montgomery County Unemployment for April 2012
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Operations to Begin October 29th
Clarksville, TN – The Medford, Massachusetts based company, Agero, a global leader in driver assistance services and vehicle connectivity innovation, announced today that they have selected Clarksville, Tennessee as the next site for its sixth North American driver assistance call and data response center.
“I am excited to welcome Agero to our state and look forward to watching the company grow in Tennessee,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. “In creating our economic development strategies last year, we found Tennessee held a unique advantage in the ‘business services’ cluster, which includes call centers, and this announcement exemplifies a promising future for our state’s economic growth.” «Read the rest of this article»