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Nearly 5,000 in N.C. will lose unemployment benefits

Posted June 5, 2009

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— Nearly 5,000 unemployed workers will lose their benefits this month, and that number will likely increase as the year goes on.

David Clegg, deputy chairman of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, said Friday that by mid-June, 4,936 people will have maxed out their benefits. State law and the federal stimulus act allow for 79 weeks of coverage.

Benefits running out for some unemployed Benefits running out for some unemployed

"Your first cohort of those individuals who in large numbers are going to come to the end of that period is going to start occurring now and will increase in number over the next 120 days," Clegg said.

By October, the number of people no longer eligible for unemployment could be as high as 375,000. The ESC, however, said that estimate is based on a a worst-case scenario of no one being able to find work.

"We hope that a recession is going to not outlast their benefits if they're actively seeking work," Clegg said.

According to numbers last month by the ESC, the state unemployment rate is at 10.8 percent, 1.4 percent higher than the national average.

National numbers released Friday show that the U.S. unemployment rate reached 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years.

New state numbers will be released in two weeks, and Clegg said he expects that number to be higher than last month, partly because of an influx of college graduates.

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  • psm5000 Jun 5, 2009

    After attempting to get this point across twice already & being censored: to the poster who suggested a "real man" would take a low paying job when his family was "hungary" to get "off the system", I have to ask--If that low paying job is insufficient and the family is still HUNGRY, he will need to go on welfare & collect food stamps, so how, is that getting "off the system?" Seems like a lame suggestion to me, & certainly is no measure of what constitutes manhood.

  • Halyard Jun 5, 2009

    "And oh yeah: the banks were bailed out by that famous socialist, George W. Bush. At the prompting of that other famous socialist, ex-Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson."

    Sumo Vita

    I'm pretty sure Bush passed the buck on this one. He was in a lose/lose situation @ the time so he simply bailed out & left it all up to the next admin. This happened before the election so we didn't know who the lucky winner would be. Bottom line, Bush played politics w/ our well being as a nation AND the economy.

  • Sumo Vita Jun 5, 2009

    MakoII, you can't be making logically sound arguments backed up with facts, figures and historical references. You see, these don't stand a chance against the power of the gut feel of your average GOLO denizen, or of their bellowing AM radio fuhrers.

    But seriously.. thanks for the efforts.

  • coolwill Jun 5, 2009

    oh: the network police are working today.

  • Sumo Vita Jun 5, 2009

    "Let's bailout the banks instead! House prices always go up ya know! So much for fixing housing. Obama will be sending his Homeland Goosestepping robots in soon to rein in us capitalists! Onward to more socialism YAY!"

    You're a capitalist? How is your capital measured, in troll comments?

    And oh yeah: the banks were bailed out by that famous socialist, George W. Bush. At the prompting of that other famous socialist, ex-Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson.

  • Halyard Jun 5, 2009

    "Some of the biggest wingnuts on GOLO are unemployed. They spend all day in their underwear posting GOP talking points."

    Quagmire

    Geez, I was certain they were all Dems.....dang, that cost me $5 bucks! (on second thought, I not going to take a dem's word for it)

  • LabRat Jun 5, 2009

    How much do you want to bet when the H1B/work visa program comes around next time they will say that we need more foreign workers?

  • Caveman93 Jun 5, 2009

    Now that Obama is president, I won't have to work anymore or worry about paying my bills.

  • Dalphine Jun 5, 2009

    Zadonahue - what position were you advertising for?

  • MakoII Jun 5, 2009

    sorry,

    I hear that's what they think in Egypt, which is why Obama had to actually state that 9/11 happening was an unarguable fact.

    Sorry to interrupt your pot smoking, you can go back to your paranoia or forum taunting, whichever.

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