NC Unemployment Benefits Update

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

Other state and federal resources for reliable information:

Representative Szoka
[email protected]

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
Contact Your Local Health Department:
Get the Facts: FAQs:
Latest Updates for NC:

Governor’s Executive Order on School Closings and Public Gatherings:

How to Protect Yourself:





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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".