Long-term unemployment

Local News
6:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed

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Later today, the US Senate is expected to vote on extending long term unemployment benefits.  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. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Long-Term Unemployment

Currently, nearly half a million North Carolinans and 43,000 Charlotteans 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.

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Local News
9:16 am
Fri November 2, 2012

A Daunting Job Search For The White-Collar Unemployed

Sacha Adele Soja talks to a class of mostly unemployed and underemployed people at CPCC
Michael Tomsic

Unemployed Americans are facing a more daunting job search now than at any time in the past 60 years.

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.

In Charlotte, some of the people having the hardest time getting back to work had successful white-collar careers before the financial crisis.

'It's Like This Baseball Bat To The Chest'

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