NC has modest increase in UI claims NC has modest increase in UI claims, in contrast to national trends
With no COVID-19 pandemic unemployment insurance programs currently available for North Carolinians, the
There were 3,687 revised complaints for the week that ended
The state was 20th in the country in the number of jobless claims, down one spot from last week.
North Carolinians currently determined to be eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits can benefit from up to 13 weeks – the lowest level offered by any state – which provides a maximum weekly benefit of
By comparison, the state’s highest weekly total for pandemic-related claims was 172,745 for the week that ended.
After the 13 weeks of regular state benefits have elapsed, NC claimants must wait another 39 weeks before they can re-file.
Economists say September’s state and county unemployment reports should provide some insight into whether the expiration of the two federal programs will lead to more hiring and more people re-entering the workforce.
“One thing to remember is that although all enhanced federal benefits have expired, this expiration applies to weeks of benefits beginning after the week ending on
“People with eligible claims for previous weeks are still eligible for benefits for those weeks.
“This could include people who lost their jobs at the very end of August, or those whose previous claims are pending or under administrative review for whatever reason,” Quinterno said.
Extensive federal programs included: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC); unemployment assistance in the event of a pandemic (PUA); federal unemployment benefit in the event of a pandemic (FPUC); and mixed unemployment benefit (MEUC).
By far the most important factor in UI benefit payments has been the FPUC program at
Federal guidelines require a separate application for each unemployment program.
Overall, there had been at least 3.83 million state and federal claims filed as of
National unemployment insurance claims fell from 36,000 to 293,000 for the week that ended
There were 3.65 million people nationwide with an active claim as of
About 2.66 million workers received state benefits and 989,538 received federal benefits, mostly extended benefits that ended for North Carolinians.
“At a time when record numbers of workers are leaving their jobs, we remember that some businesses are still failing as the pandemic takes its toll, resulting in unexpected job losses.
“With so many jobs available and opportunities to work remotely at least part of the time, the good news is that workers have a reasonable chance of improving their employment situation, including better wages and working conditions. “said Hamrick. “Obviously, that’s what a lot of people want.”