Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed an executive order changing state rules so that as many as 25,000 long-term jobless workers could keep getting extended unemployed benefits after the end of the month.
Perdue signed Wednesday the order that was similar to one she signed last spring to end a standoff with the Republican-led Legislature over the benefits.
The state unemployment benefits office had alerted recipients of extended benefits they would run out the week of Jan. 28 if nothing changed. Congress recently agreed to extend benefits for two months, but state rules had to be altered, too.
Earlier Wednesday, Republican legislative leaders encouraged Perdue to reconvene the General Assembly to act on the rules. Some people last year questioned whether Perdue had the authority to change the rules by herself.