From: North Carolina House
Representative John Szoka
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marshall Conrad
Date: March 18, 2020
Emergency Unemployment Benefits Update
Raleigh, NC – In response to the coronavirus outbreak, North Carolina Representative John Szoka released an update on emergency unemployment reforms that allow residents to access benefits more quickly during the crisis.
The General Assembly changed state law in 2017 to ensure benefits paid during federal disaster
declarations may be provided without waiting a week or without showing the usually required job search. State and federal executive orders also allow beneficiaries to apply online and waive penalties for employers, among other emergency changes.
“People whose job has been affected by this crisis should contact the Employment Security Division to apply for unemployment benefits as soon as possible and can contact my office if they need assistance,” said Representative Szoka.
“North Carolina’s unemployment system has disaster readiness policy and financial flexibility to support families and businesses through this emergency.”
Constituents can create an account and apply for unemployment benefits with the Employment
Security Division at https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment.
Other state and federal resources for reliable information:
US Senator Thom Tillis District Office
US Senator Richard Burr District Office
US Representative Richard Hudson Constituent Services Office
US Representative Dan Bishop District Office
NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS):
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
NC COVID-19 Call Center:
If you have specific questions or concerns, call 866-462-3821
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Latest Updates for NC:
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