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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
AUGUST 14, 2006
(615) 741-2257
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NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AREA COUNTIES NOW ABLE TO FILE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS BY PHONE
NEW SYSTEM MORE CONVENIENT FOR CLAIMANTS

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announces Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, and Unicoi counties in Northeast Tennessee will be added to the telephone claims program beginning Monday, August 28, 2006. Residents in those counties will now be able to file claims for unemployment insurance by telephone or using the Internet. Washington County ( Johnson City) was previously taken into the UI Claims Center in September of 2004.

“By using the telephone to file claims, clients do not have to travel long distances to a claims office, complete a lot of paper forms, or stand in line for long periods of time,” said Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley. “In addition to providing better service, this system will also reduce overhead expenses in the unemployment insurance program.”

This brings the total number of counties to 63 across the state that can now use the telephone filing process or Internet filing. Residents of these counties are no longer required to travel to a department office to file their claims.

Northeast Tennesseans living in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, and Unicoi counties who formerly filed claims at the local Tennessee Department of Labor offices in Bristol, Elizabethtown, Erwin, Greeneville, Kingsport, Mountain City, and Rogersville will no longer be able to do so in those offices. They may now file claims by telephone, by Internet at www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd or by mail.

Claimants are able to complete much of the benefit application via touch-tone phone. Callers are guided through a series of questions they answer by pressing numbers on the telephone keypad. They are then routed to a departmental interviewer who will complete the claims-taking process. The claimant’s handbook, other helpful information, and any follow-up documentation will be sent through the mail.

Beginning Monday, August 28, 2006, residents of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, and Unicoi counties must call 1-877-813-0950. Before calling, a claimant should have ready his social security number, driver’s license number, and employment data for the last 18 months of employment, including employers’ addresses and phone numbers.



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