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How to apply for unemployment benefits in North Carolina

WXII 12 Greensboro-Winston-Salem 11/22/2022 Carrie Hodgin
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United Furniture Industries recently announced layoffs just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you are impacted by the layoffs or were laid off by another company, you could be eligible for unemployment benefits. These benefits provide temporary payments to eligible workers who lose their job through no fault of their own. Unemployment benefits can help you with expenses while you look for employment.

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In North Carolina, you may receive up to $350 a week in unemployment benefits for up to 12 weeks.

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Information below provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Who is eligible for unemployment?

Anyone can apply for unemployment benefits, but you must meet all of these requirements to be eligible for payments.

You must:

  • Be unemployed due to no fault of your own.
  • Have earned enough wages in a job for which your employer paid unemployment insurance tax.
  • Be physically able and available for work.
  • Be actively seeking work.

What happens after you apply for benefits?

After you apply for unemployment benefits, DES will let you know how much you are eligible for based on the reason you lost employment and your previous earnings. You must also complete these Weekly Requirements to receive payment.

If you meet all four of the requirements above, you can apply for unemployment benefits. The fastest way to apply for unemployment benefits in North Carolina is to create an online account and file a claim at If you don't have access to a computer or need help with your claim, you may file over the phone by contacting the Customer Call Center at 888-737-0259.

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