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https://www.wate.com/news/tennessee/is-tennessees-economy-recovering-post-pandemic/WATE TV 6 NEWShttps://www.wate.com/Marianne WanamakerEconomicsAs COVID-19 restrictions loosen, it’s difficult to tell if the economy is catching back up. Unemployment numbers around the state are still on the rise. Marianne Wanamaker, a professor of economics at the University of Tennessee, shares more on how the economy is doing. "There’s plenty of evidence that suggests that generous unemployment insurance benefits do keep people out of the labor market. At the same time, those benefits are providing spending money, and that spending money is the thing that is keeping businesses going right now."