department of labor en New Strings on Unemployment Benefits <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn &nbsp;(AP) &mdash; The state Department of Labor is warning the 56,000 Tennesseans currently receiving unemployment benefits will soon be required to prove they&rsquo;re looking for work.</p><p>The state is preparing to implement new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.</p><p>Tennessee Department of Labor spokesman Jeff Hentschel explained the new requirements, saying...</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:05:55 +0000 AP/WMOT 8742 at County Unemployment Figures Released for December <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; The Tennessee Department of Labor has released its county-by-county look at unemployment for December.</p><p>Middle Tennessee&rsquo;s overall jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent in December, down three-tenths from the November rate and down a full percentage point from December 2010.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:30:33 +0000 Mike Osborne 6718 at Tenn. Unemployment Drops in October <p>&nbsp;</p><p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) &mdash; Welcome news on the jobs front.</p><p>Tennessee&#39;s October unemployment rate dropped to 9.6 percent in October, down from 9.8 percent the previous month.&nbsp;</p><p>Tennessee&#39;s unemployment rate is still well above the national average of 9 percent.</p><p>State Labor Commissioner Karla Davis says jobs added in education and health services fueled the employment hike.</p><p>Dr. Murat Arik with the Middle Tennessee State Center for Business and Economic Research says the numbers are mostly good news. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:41:25 +0000 AP/WMOT 4135 at