Active Job Search now Required for Unemployment Benefits in Tennessee

Sep 1, 2012

Effective September 1st, anyone claiming unemployment benefits in the state of Tennessee will be required to show that they are actively looking for work.  A work search log must be maintained to verify the job-seeking activity.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says claimants will be required to conduct three work searches per week. In addition, the department's officials will conduct random audits of 1,000 claimants' work search documentation each week, to verify that the work search activity is taking place. If work search claims are found to be fraudulent, the department will stop the claimant's benefits immediately, and can suspend payments for eight weeks.

The department has compiled a list of valid work search activity, and more information on that list can be found at