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NC TECH's president and CEO Brooks Raiford recently interviewed NC’s Secretary of Commerce, Tony Copeland, as part of an on-going series called NC TECH Talk. Here is what happened.
Friday, May 1, 2020 -- These are not the best of times. The troubling shortcomings of unemployment benefits laws meant to protect N.C. workers are vividly exposed. Even with the added assistance in federal COVID-19 stimulus legislation, workers are left in far greater jeopardy than those anywhere else in the nation. There are key provisions in the state's unemployment laws that work against the protection of workers and must be changed now. If not tens of thousands of employees who suddenly have been forced from their jobs will run out of benefits, leaving themselves and their families without anywhere else to turn.
For more than a decade, the vast majority of the $1.3 billion in cash grants committed to lure jobs to the state has been directed to companies in the state's most prosperous areas.
Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporter
In the past decade, the state has promised hundreds of companies grant money in exchange for hiring. But a WRAL analysis finds that job creation often falls short of the targets.