North Carolina Unemployment en U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed <p>Later today, the US Senate is expected to vote on extending long term unemployment benefits.&nbsp; If passed, the bill will move to the House of Representatives. And if it becomes law, it would affect North Carolina more than any other state.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 48371 at U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed Long-Term Unemployment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, nearly half a million North </span>Carolinans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and 43,000&nbsp;</span>Charlotteans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are jobless. Recently we found out that the state’s unemployment rate for April was 8.9 percent, the first time since 2009 that it has dropped below nine percent. That’s the good news. But on July 1, House Bill 4 will cut North Carolina’s unemployment benefits making it the only state in the U.S. to lose the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program. This program is 100 percent funded and currently provides benefits to over 70,000 out of work North Carolinians who have exhausted their state benefits. There are local organizations assisting with workforce development and providing resources to the unemployed, but will they be able to help everyone who is about to lose their benefits? A conversation about the long-term unemployed, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 28812 at Long-Term Unemployment N.C., S.C. Unemployment Drops To Lowest Rate In Years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years, and South Carolina's unemployment rate has declined to the lowest point in five years. That's according to figures released Friday for the month of April.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:58:05 +0000 Michael Tomsic 27525 at N.C., S.C. Unemployment Drops To Lowest Rate In Years 'A Disturbing Trend' In Latest N.C. Unemployment Report <p>North Carolina's unemployment rate declined slightly in February to 9.4 percent. But the report released Thursday shows that unemployment is no longer steadily declining year to year.</p><p>Back in February 2010, the unemployment rate peaked in the state at 11.3 percent.</p><p>Then North Carolina started slowly but steadily recovering from the recession. In February 2011, the rate was 10.3 percent. A year later, 9.5 percent. And you could see those kind of year-over-year improvements no matter what month you looked at - at least, until this year.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:25:09 +0000 Michael Tomsic 24205 at NC To Tap Tax Refunds Of Unemployment Cheaters <p>Cheaters who manage to keep collecting unemployment once they've found work will face stiffer penalties and the strong possibility of losing their tax refund in 2013.&nbsp; The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is trying to recover nearly $50 million in fraudulent payments.</p><p>North Carolina's been paying a record amount of unemployment during this recession, so it stands to reason that <em>fraud</em> has increased, too.&nbsp; When you get a job, you're supposed to report that to the unemployment office so they stop sending you checks.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:06:19 +0000 Julie Rose 15218 at 'Disappointing' Unemployment Report For N.C. <p>North Carolina’s unemployment rate got worse in August, while South Carolina’s remained steady but well above the national average.</p><p>If you’re looking for bright spots in the North Carolina unemployment report, well, good luck.</p><p>"This is undoubtedly a disappointing jobs report," Allan Freyer said. He's an analyst with the N.C. Budget and Tax Center. "We see a weakening private sector and long-term decay in public sector employment as well."</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:15:56 +0000 Michael Tomsic 6897 at 'Disappointing' Unemployment Report For N.C.