Deadline approaches for those left jobless by Irene

Posted September 29, 2011

— The flooding and high winds of Hurricane Irene washed out more than roads and homes. They left some people unable to work. Some were hurt; others saw their job site damaged or important equipment damaged. No matter the reason, those left without work because of Hurricane Irene are eligible for unemployment benefits, but the deadline to apply is coming soon.

Workers can get benefits dating from Aug. 29 by calling 1-866-795-8877 or visiting a local office of the Employment Security Commission. 

The first deadline – for residents of Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties – is Friday. 

Residents of Halifax and Lenior counties have until Monday to file.

In Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Johnston, Jones, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Vance, Warren, Washington and Wilson counties, the deadline is Wednesday.

The Northeast Workforce Development Board hiring some of those left jobless by the storm to help with cleaning up the damage. For more information, contact the Albemarle Commission at 252-426-5753, ext. 261.


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  • ConcernedNCC Sep 30, 2011

    If they can go a month without working and not file, they probably don't need the money.

  • fayncmike Sep 29, 2011

    It's really nice to see those who were put out of work able to get the help they need. I too hope they extend the deadline.

    Of course the, "Me, me, me" people are sure to chime in about not helping those in need.

  • Proud Young Grandma Sep 29, 2011

    My husband's job site(Camp LeJeune) was closed for two days - which he did not get paid for. I do not think there is any program out there that will reimburse for those two days though.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 29, 2011

    Why so quick on the deadline? Bet ya they extend it...