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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