About 28K still waiting on unemployment benefits in N.C.

Posted August 4, 2010 5:42 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Employment Security Commission says nearly 100,000 people without jobs now have extended jobless benefits until November, and thousands more are eligible.

President Barack Obama signed into law two weeks ago a restoration of benefits for more than 2.5 million U.S. workers who have been without a job for six months or more.

About 134,000 of the approximately 400,000 unemployed in North Carolina are eligible for the extension, ESC Deputy Chairman David Clegg says.

Benefits were automatically extended for about 92,000 people whose benefits haven't yet expired. Another 28,000 have received letters to re-apply.

"They could have gone back to work," Clegg said. "They could have been in a different jurisdiction; they might not have had enough base-period wages to continue with their claim."

The president signed a bill into law on July 22, ending a seven-week interruption that cut off payments averaging about $300 a week.