Unemployed Urged To Apply For Extended Benefits

More than 70,000 jobless North Carolinians who have exhausted unemployment benefits are about to get letters urging them to apply for the latest round of extended benefits approved by Congress.

Multiple media outlets reported Friday that the state's Employment Security Commission is preparing to send the letters this month.

The extension increases benefits by up to 20 weeks, to a total of 99 weeks.

Officials say nearly 20,000 of the state's unemployed automatically received the extended benefits. But thousands more may have to wait several weeks so the commission can upgrade its computer system that processes the payments.

North Carolina has lost more than 240,000 jobs in the last two years. The state's unemployment rate was 11 percent in October.

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  • by to OSOC and Vance on Dec 11, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    I have a very good month with the bonus I receive from my job. Sorry you are so angry. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  • by Shelly Location: pink hill on Dec 11, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    I wish the people that had to try to live off,what we out here trying to make it on,,and i really think things would change...
  • by Vance on Dec 11, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    I Stand Corrected.Your right.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    Actually Vance, you HOPE he puts CHANGE in your pocket. Thats what he meant by hope and change during the election. I think people just changed the wording of it......What this guy is doing will lead to further loss of jobs.
  • by Vance on Dec 11, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Getting more depressing by he tha week.Depleted savings,Cashed in profit sharing,living off unemployment with a family of four.OBAMA and FRIENDS HOPE DONT PUT CHANGE IN AMERICANS POCKETS.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    Obviously, that hopey changey thing we were promised isn't filled with hope or change. That stimulus only stimulated bonuses and Obama supporters.....

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