1. I’m currently receiving federal emergency unemployment benefits (EUC). Are my benefits ending?
Yes. The federal extension of benefits, better known as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (EUC) will end in North Carolina on June 30, 2013. All four tiers of the EUC program will end on this date. The last EUC payment will be for the week of unemployment ending on June 29, 2013.
2. How do I know if I’m on regular unemployment or EUC?
If you started receiving unemployment benefits prior to January 1, 2013, you are likely affected. Since regular unemployment currently has a maximum of 26 weeks (6 months), you are likely already on EUC or will be prior to June 30, 2013 and will therefore lose benefits.
3. What assistance is there for me?
The Department of Commerce is prepared to support individuals losing federal emergency benefits with all the resources available. Local workforce offices are located around the state to provide individuals with the services and information they need to get back to work or gain access to the training they need. These offices provide the following services:
- free computer and internet access
- help with resume preparation
- information on the job market
- help searching for a job
- career guidance and assessment
- information on training and education programs
- access to training classes, workshops, and resources for training
- programs and information for veterans returning to the workforce
- referrals to other state and local organizations that can help
For assistance in finding your local workforce office, go to http://www.nccommerce.com/workforce/job-seekers In addition, the N.C. Department of Commerce is actively working with state, local, and business partners to coordinate services and create opportunities for job seekers needing assistance. State partner agencies such as the N.C. Community College System, Division of Social Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and other state workforce programs have been provided information about the end of the federal emergency benefit program and are prepared to provide services to affected individuals. In addition, local workforce offices are working with services in their area to ensure that all organizations are working together to provide the best resources available to individuals losing federal emergency benefits.
1. I’m currently receiving regular, state-funded unemployment benefits. Will my weekly benefit amount (WBA) change on June 30, 2013?
No. The new law that changes the benefit amount does not take effect until June 30, 2013 and only those new claims filed on or after June 30, 2013 will be affected. No current unemployment claims supported by state funds will experience a reduction of an already established weekly benefit amount. However, new claims filed on or after June 30, 2013 will be subject to a maximum weekly benefit amount of $350.
2. If I’m currently receiving benefits, will my duration change on June 30, 2013?
3. I’ve already served a one-week waiting period. If I go back to work for a period of time and get laid off again, will I have to serve another waiting week?