According to the official website of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the maximum amount of time a person can draw unemployment in the state is 26 weeks as of 2014. Benefits may last from 13 to 26 weeks, depending on wages earned.
To calculate the precise time period and amount of the benefit, a base period of 52 weeks consisting of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters is determined. To qualify, an applicant must have earned enough wages during the base year. In addition, the applicant must not have been fired for misconduct, voluntarily quit or be on medical leave. To file a claim, candidates must also be physically able to work and willing to accept suitable job offers.