State opens applications for second round of unemployment benefits

Posted May 22, 2020 9:15 a.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2020 9:24 a.m. EDT

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— For people who have exhausted their first round of unemployment benefits, the state has opened up a second round of benefits North Carolina residents can apply for under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program.

The new program provides up to 13 weeks of assistance for people who have already received 12 weeks of assistance from the state.

So far, more than 922,000 people have filed unemployment claims. 565,000 of those have been paid, totaling $2.3 billion.

This second round of benefits will not automatically be given to people who have received their first round of assistance. People will have to apply online for the next 13 weeks of pandemic relief.

To apply, sign into your account at the Division of Employment Security's Website. Then, if you are eligible, you will see a link to the application on your account.

People who qualify for unemployment in North Carolina can qualify for up to $350 a week for the next 25 weeks, as well as a $600 per week extra in federal payments until July 25. Self-employed individuals and contract workers who are getting unemployment through the CARES Act can receive up to $350 a week for 39 weeks, as well as the $600 per week through July25.

More than 2.4 million laid-off workers filed for jobless benefits last week, the government said Thursday. This is the the ninth straight week of outsize figures since the viral outbreak, forcing millions of businesses to closer their doors and shrink their workforces.

The PEUC program is a part of the federal CARES Act, an over $2 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress in March.

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