Here to Help: Filing for unemployment benefits
An issue facing a lot of people is being laid off from a job and filing with the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina to get unemployment benefits.Posted — Updated
Ann Hargrove lost her temporary job with the U.S. Postal Service.
“Everybody knows somebody right now who is unemployed, so I don't think there's a stigma with it at all,” said Larry Parker, a spokesman for the N.C. Employment Security Commission. “We're doing our best, as long as someone is eligible, to get them the money as quickly as possible and help them through this tough time.”
He said filing for unemployment benefits is easy. You can meet with a job counselor or file on your own through an office terminal. You can also choose not come into the unemployment office and file either over the phone or online.
“It's going to ask you questions like 'are you willing to relocate?'” Parker said.
You will need that information because you must actively look for a job to receive unemployment benefits. The average wait from filing for benefits to receiving your first check is about four weeks.
You can opt to get your weekly funds by direct deposit or debit card.
Once you are in the system, you can file a weekly certification to attest that you are looking for work. When collecting unemployment benefits, you also have to take a job for which you are qualified if it's offered to you.
Hargrove said she hopes to find work soon. As upsetting as the job search process is for her, she said she knows it is necessary.
“You know you have to get a job, and this is the place that helps you get a job. So this is where you come,” Hargrove said.
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