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Gov. Lee calls unemployment numbers ‘staggering’

During a media briefing Tuesday, Governor Bill Lee called Tennessee's unemployment numbers "staggering."
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Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 5:29 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - During a media briefing Tuesday, Governor Bill Lee called Tennessee’s unemployment numbers “staggering.”

LIVE: Gov. Lee holds briefing

LIVE: Governor Lee holds a press briefing.

Posted by WVLT on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

According to the Tennessean, weekly unemployment claims fell below 12,000 last week. As of mid-March, more than 700,000 Tennesseans have filed for unemployment.

Lee added, however, that the numbers were going in the right direction.

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