Unemployment Benefits To Rise

The states Employment Security Commission said Thursday that qualifies unemployed workers will see the increase beginning next week.

The highest jobless benefit is still about 33 percent below North Carolina's average wage of $758 a week, or about $39,500 per year. But the commission says the benefit is also the highest in the southeast.

The benefits a laid-off worker will receive depend on his/her income in the 15 months before losing employment.

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  • by lisa Location: north carolina on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    I saw on the news that people on unemployment would see $10.00 more in their check. When is this going to start?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    i don't know how esc can keep up with all the work load they have i know for a fact they can't keep up with the quarterly reporting that employers have to send in they always say they don't get it then they want to make the employer pay a fine and interest even though you sent in your reports when they are due.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jul 31, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    To the person who commented on what I wrote, from Ayden... you DO REALIZE i was kidding right? Wow.....
  • by To J Location: Ayden on Jul 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    yes thats excatly what you should do. Just sit back, make the babies and figure out how in the heck ur gonna pay the bills at the end of the month.
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    I agree with TarHeel. If the market is strong people should make less on unemployment, but when it weak and there are few jobs to be had then it should be more. Also, any work on the potential of collecting while going back to school/ job training that was spoken of earlier this year. Haven't heard if Perdue passed this or not.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jul 31, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Oh man, I'll just quit my job and get umemployment like the rest of the state and just sit at home and make babies.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jul 31, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    I do think that the amount of unemployment should rise and fall with the avaialble job markets. When jobs are so hard to come by a person should recieve what they were earning minus the tax amounts they paid. When the job market is strong, less benefits should be paid. I was making well over $50K a year and was laid off in January. There are no jobs available for me where I can earn as much as I can draw. It is still impossible to keep up with my bills with unemployment benefits. My life's savings are dwindling fast.
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Jul 31, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    They need to do something. My husband is laid off but he still has a jod he will work maybe one week out a month if that and if it wasnt for that we would loss every thing because unemployment for some reason doesn't even come close to his pay.

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