The state is putting off a cut in payments for those collecting unemployment benefits until the end of the calendar year 2013.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had planned to eliminate allowances of up to $50 a week for dependents of the unemployed after the move was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year.
The US Labor Department originally supported that decision, but now says the state would lose federal unemployment funding if it ended those benefits. Those collecting unemployment can get an additional $15 per child up to a maximum of $50 per week.
The Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is currently expected to expire at the end of December, and the additional benefits for dependent children will end then.