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120K in N.C. to get extended jobless benefits

Posted July 23, 2010

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— About 120,000 jobless people in North Carolina will receive an extension of unemployment benefits, a spokesman for the state Employment Security Commission said Friday.

The news comes less than a day after Congress approved and President Barack Obama signed into law a restoration of benefits for people who have been out of work six months or more.

The move ended a seven-week interruption that cut off payments averaging about $300 a week to 2.5 million people in the United States who have been unable to find work.

Andrew James, director of the ESC's Public Information Office, said checks for about 100,000 of those people would likely be mailed out by the end of next week.

"There are a lot of people in North Carolina that will be helped by this legislation," James said. "We'll be working as rapidly as we can to help them access those benefits."

About 146,000 unemployed workers in the state, such as Cheryl Kontul, of Cary, have run out of benefits, and they are hopeful they will see some relief as a result of Thursday's bill signing.

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Kontul lost her job with a construction supply company, and since then, she's been looking for work. Her unemployment benefits expired last week.

"It's devastating. I don't like asking for a handout. I've always worked all my life, but I don't know what I'm going to do," she said.

Kontul said Friday afternoon that she hasn't heard if she will receive an extension but is encouraged.

"It means that I can live," she said. "I won't be homeless, living under the South Wilmington Street bridge."

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  • NCAries Jul 26, 2010

    They don't want to do that.
    beachboater

    Amazing how you folks who can't possibly know every individual's situation want to lump all of them in the nondeserving of help boat...there but for the Grace of God go any one of us...be very careful that you don't define yourself while you're belittling others.

  • NCAries Jul 26, 2010

    signs for help wanted.. saw one this am at a convenient store.. sorry if its beneath you... guess why bother working there for same pay as doing nothing and just collecting a check.
    fourcarolina

    They don't have hazard pay at convenience stores. The economy being what it is, they are a sure target for robbers/thieves...

  • fourcarolina Jul 26, 2010

    Ridiculous... Where is the incentive to even work these days? Yes, i'd love to just hang out by the pool all day and collect unemployment... but wait.. i have respect for myself. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you only have to "apply" for 2 jobs per week or something like that? are you kidding me? I work full time... and I am taxed to death... Like someone said earlier.. signs for help wanted.. saw one this am at a convenient store.. sorry if its beneath you... guess why bother working there for same pay as doing nothing and just collecting a check. As the bumper sticker says... Vote Democrat! It's easier than finding a job!

  • redapace Jul 23, 2010

    "You can't blame Bush for what is going on today."

    But you can continue to blame Clinton when that's convenient for ya.

  • redapace Jul 23, 2010

    "Life on the dole must be good."

    Give it a shot and report back.

  • JimB Jul 23, 2010

    "Yup was in three or four stores today all with help wanted Target was one. Why work when you can get a check with very little expense and maybe do a little cash work on the side.
    ferdjr"

    It is people that think this that is wrong. What makes you think unemployment pays the bills? I'm on it and it does not even pay half my bills. I would love to have a job but COBRA costs more per month then I can make at Target! Then there is electric, water, rent and of course food!

  • geosol Jul 23, 2010

    Yup, those people who lost their jobs deserve NOTHING from the right wingers. Can't wait until their turkeys come home to roost again and they find their little heroes actually going to jail.

  • ferdjr Jul 23, 2010

    Yup was in three or four stores today all with help wanted Target was one. Why work when you can get a check with very little expense and maybe do a little cash work on the side.

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 23, 2010

    According to Pelosi, this is the fastest way to stimulate the economy!

  • whatusay Jul 23, 2010

    geosol...you are chasing the wrong dog. You can't blame Bush for what is going on today. This is Obama's party.

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