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Unemployment Benefits Cut

Beginning July 1st, thousands of North Carolinians will lose some federal long-term unemployment benefits.

Under a new state law, North Carolina is the first state to forego extended federal benefits as a way to pay down its $2.5 billion debt in state unemployment claims.

While protests continue in Raleigh, folks on Main Streets in the mountains say cutting weekly benefits by a third, and limiting them to 19 weeks, will have an impact.

Ian Carr of Franklin says, “I know it going to hurt you know a big cut like that.  But at the same time, you know where do we cut things to help offset the debt?” 

Josh Ellis with the North Carolina Department of Commerce says, “By getting this debt paid off it will create an environment where we've got more sustainable long term job growth in North Carolina."

The new law affects those applying for unemployment on July 1st and thereafter. The Commerce Department recommends contacting Joblink offices for more information and assistance.    

By Rex Hodge

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