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$31.5M in unemployment claims paid out after Web site glitch

Posted January 6, 2009

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— The North Carolina Employment Security Commission paid out more than $31.5 million in unemployment benefits Monday night, following technical issues that delayed thousands of people from filing their weekly claims online.

Nearly 130,000 people tried accessing the agency's Web site Sunday and Monday, agency spokesman Andrew James said. The record number crashed the system, which was used to handling about 23,000 people in the same time period.

The agency was able to add an additional Web server Monday afternoon. James said the system handled more than 106,000 transactions and that customers were able "in record fashion" to get on the Web site.


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  • TheAdmiral Jan 7, 2009

    I am upset because my money was a day late. I should be paid a inconvenience fee, interest, and a raise.

  • thefensk Jan 7, 2009

    Yeah, Z Man, I think you need to chill. A LOT of people were laid off late in 2008 and yes, they might still have computers they haven't had to sell (yet) to feed their kids.

  • TreeHugga Jan 6, 2009

    I'm one of those unemployed persons with a computer too. Work harder Z man I need my checks.

  • Swill1 Jan 6, 2009

    Yeah Z man,I'm one of 'em. Maybe I need to put in an application with them

  • Z Man Jan 6, 2009

    Work harder - at least 130,000 unemployed people (that own computers) in this state are depending on you!