Long-term unemployment http://wfae.org en U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed http://wfae.org/post/us-senate-bill-singles-out-nc-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 http://wfae.org U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed Long-Term Unemployment http://wfae.org/post/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 http://wfae.org Long-Term Unemployment A Daunting Job Search For The White-Collar Unemployed http://wfae.org/post/daunting-job-search-white-collar-unemployed <p>Unemployed Americans are facing a more daunting job search now than at any time in the past 60 years.</p><p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes the average unemployed person about 10 months to find a job - twice as long as it took in every previous recession since the 1940s. That 10-month average has barely budged in the past year.</p><p>In Charlotte, some of the people having the hardest time getting back to work had successful white-collar careers before the financial crisis.</p><p><strong>'It's Like This Baseball Bat To The Chest'</strong></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:16:09 +0000 Michael Tomsic 14998 at http://wfae.org A Daunting Job Search For The White-Collar Unemployed