Unemployed wait for answers

Posted March 8, 2010

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— North Carolina's Employment Security Commission has paid out more than $6 billion to about 600,000 people in the past 16 months, officials said Monday.

The demand coupled with changes to the benefits system has created problems for some recipients. 

Stephanie Modugno, of Raleigh, has been out of work for more than eight months.

“There’s just not enough jobs out there,” Modugno said. “Even to get a part-time job, it’s hard. I’ve tried.”

Two weeks ago, Modugno said her unemployment benefits ran out.

“You feel like you’re in the dark. You don’t know what’s going on. It’s not fair,” she said.

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Modugno said she expected to qualify for extended benefits. She has checked her status online and contacted the claims department, but said she has received no answers.

On Monday, she went to a local branch of the ESC and received an appointment nearly two weeks away to speak with a representative.

“There’s no reason I shouldn’t have an answer. If you’re not gonna give it to somebody, then don’t. Let me know,” Modugno said.

Bill Dolton, of Cary, has also been waiting to hear from ESC. He got a letter this past weekend stating they overpaid him $780.

Dolton has lived for two years on unemployment checks. Most of the money, he said, goes to pay child support. Dolton was hoping the letter was a qualification notice for the next tier of unemployment.

Dolton has recently cut out most expenses and moved in with his mother. “I am fortunate to have a roof over my head,” he said.

David L. Clegg, deputy chairman and chief operating officer of the agency, said thousands of recipients have been overpaid. Some are the result of fraud and filing errors, but many are computer issues, he said.

Clegg said one of the weeks people received benefits for was not a full week.However, people were paid for a full week.

The system will offset itself when they go into another tier of benefits, Clegg said.


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  • 1trhl Mar 10, 2010

    Can we make some sort of effort to remove everyone who is living and working illegally in the US? Free up some jobs for those who were born, raised, and have paid taxes here?

  • irishale Mar 9, 2010

    "You are right. The person should be looking for a job, too."

    Not having filed myself yet, but isn't that a requirement to get unemployment? Apply at 2 different places on 2 different days during the week, each week?

  • 5Rs Mar 9, 2010

    As long as Obama and his anti-business agenda are in power, companies will be nervous about hiring. Live with it.

  • TheAdmiral Mar 9, 2010

    I am still looking for a job, and my entitlement, while unemployed is delayed two weeks because of a goof up with their computer system.

    The state should be ashamed for not just delivering my entitlement by hand.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2010

    Unemployment benfits are meant to be a financial bridge between jobs. It is not an endless supply of free money.

    You are right. The person should be looking for a job, too.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2010

    I will continue to pray that jobs will come to NC soon. Gov. Purdue what are you doing about the job situation?

  • AX Mar 9, 2010

    Unemployment benfits are meant to be a financial bridge between jobs. It is not an endless supply of free money. I'm sorry if you lose your job, but get over it, move on and don't count on taxpayer assistance to coast for a while. I'm tired of working for 3 people AND giving generously to charity. I'll eventually have to stop paying one of them, sad to say.
    Slip Kid

    Maybe you should cut giving to charity as most of them receive federal funds too which are also from taxpayers. I say that people who have paid into this fund are entiteled to their $300 per week. Yes a measly $300 per week. Gosh you need to do research before you bash people

  • AX Mar 9, 2010

    You never know when your job will be lost. I have a job - but if I lost it today I would not hesitate for unemployment. I can’t believe people that are downing these people on unemployment. If you want to down the free rides, look at our welfare system. These people worked for a living. You better watch you comments, it may be YOU or me sitting in that line.

    AMEN on that !!

  • wondermom24kids Mar 9, 2010

    It is a shame the politicians don't understand the severity of the situation...frankly, they should have to go without like the rest of us do. They are all abusing the system...and we are paying for it.

  • kellyaustin96 Mar 9, 2010

    Authorities are keeping very quiet, but the true unemployment rate is around 20%. If you worked as a full timelab technician and are now flipping burgers, part time, and are grateful for that job, do you consider yourself employed?

    The unemployment rate during the depression was 25%. I expect we will see that level soon. The people most hurt by this are the ones who voted for Obama. Quite ironic.