North Carolina Unemployment – Know Your Rights

  Last Verified: April 2017  

North Carolina UC (Unemployment Compensation) benefits provide temporary compensation to individuals who fulfill all the eligibility requirements of North Carolina Law. The North Carolina Department of Employment Security (DES) administers the unemployment insurance program in accordance with the Federal guidelines.Seal of North Carolina


To qualify to receive unemployment benefits, you must have earned enough wages from an employer covered by the state’s unemployment insurance law. The DES will look at wages over a 12-month period prior to your filing a claim. Additionally:

  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be able and available to work
  • You must register with NCWorks.
  • You must be a US citizen or legally authorized to work in the US

Eligibility Requirements Explained

Unemployed Through No Fault of Your Own

Your actions or decisions cannot be the cause of your separation from work. An action that causes your dismissal or a decision to quit without good cause will often result in a denial of benefits.

Able and Available

You must be physically and mentally able to work when you file your initial claim. You must also be available to accept an offer of suitable employment. “Suitable employment” is a job you’ve performed or are trained to do that pays a salary commiserate with the job duties.

Legally Authorized to Work

You must be a US citizen or be able to prove you were authorized to work in the US by the government. You should be able to show a visa or alien registration card.

Wage Earning Requirements and the Base Period

The DES will look at your wages over a period of months prior to your filing a claim for benefits called the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five quarters prior to your filing the claim.

unemployment base period

This chart shows the base period.

You will qualify if your wages meet the following conditions:

You earn six times your “average weekly wage” (how much you made a week on average during your base period) in at least two quarters during the base period.

You made at least $780 in one of the two last quarters of your base period.

The DES will mail a Wage Transcript and Monetary Statement after determining your base period wages. This will tell you whether you meet the wage requirement. It is not a confirmation that you will be receiving benefits.

If you notice an error in your statement, you should contact the DES immediately. You can request a redetermination of your wages. However, you should be able to support your claim with evidence.

Calculating Your Benefit Payments

The DES takes the total wages in the last two quarters in your base period and divides that number by 52 to determine your weekly benefit amount (WBA).

The maximum WBA in NC is currently $350. The minimum amount is $15. If the above calculation is below $15, you will not be eligible for benefits.

The DES offers a benefits estimator at their website. You’ll need your social security number to use it.

Extended Benefits

You are allowed a maximum of 20 weeks of benefits. In times of high unemployment, the state and federal government each have programs to extend the maximum weeks. Currently, neither the state nor federal government have authorized any extended benefits.

How to apply

You may file for unemployment benefits in North Carolina online or by phone. If you wish to file by phone, you can call 1-877-841-9617 any day of the week. You may file online here.

Before you begin the application process, make sure:

  • You should collect the name and address of the employer you last worked for.
  • The dates of your most recent employment need to be reported. You can do it easily by collecting W2s and pay stubs.
  • Be prepared to show and prove that your unemployment is not your fault.
  • Do not forget to keep any written notification of your termination, layoff, or severance that you might have received.

If you are using the federal government or military as a base period employer, you will have to provide the proper separation forms when you apply.

Weekly Certification and Maintaining Eligibility

The DES wants benefit recipients to maintain eligibility status during the time they are receiving benefits, especially that they are available to work and are looking for work. In order to monitor this, the state requires benefit recipients to certify their claim each week, also called filing a weekly claim.

You may certify online or by telephone at 888-372-3453. If you use the telephone to certify, you have certain days you call to certify. If your SSN ends in an odd number, call on Monday. If it ends in an even number, call on Tuesday. The rest of the week is open to all. Those who call soonest receive their benefits soonest.

When you certify, you will receive several questions meant to determine whether you have maintained eligibility for that week. The DES wants to know:

  • Whether you are able and available to work
  • Whether you have started or quit a job
  • Whether you have earned wages or income that you are required to report
  • Whether you have refused an offer of suitable employment
  • Whether you are making a good faith effort to find work

If you have earned wages, you will have to report your earnings when you certify. You report your wages during the week you earned those wages, not during the week in which you received them.

Part-time Work and Benefits

You may work part-time and still collect benefits. When the DES examines your base period wages, it will use your high quarter wages to determine an “earnings allowance.” You will receive the figure on your wage statement. Once source claims the earnings allowance is determined by dividing your total high quarter wages by 13.
If you earn more than your earnings allowance, the state will deduct from your WBA on a dollar-for-dollar basis. You will keep the wages you earned, but your benefit payment will be reduced. If you earn more than your WBA, you will not receive a payment that week.

Work Search Requirement

The state requires that benefit recipients make a good faith effort to find work while receiving benefits. For North Carolina residents, a “good faith effort” is making five job verifiable contacts per week.
You will have already registered with NCWorks, the state’s employment assistance center. However, simply searching their database may not be enough to satisfy the “good faith effort” requirement.
You must keep track of your contacts. The DES can perform an audit of your job search efforts at any time. The DES may stop benefits if you are not looking for work. If you refuse a job offer, you should inform the DES by calling 888-737-0259. You may lose benefits if you don’t.

Reasons for Denial of Benefits

If you do not meet the wage requirements, the DES examiner will deny your claim; you will not qualify for benefits. You may meet the wage requirement and still face a denial of benefits because of issues related to your separation from work.

Separation Issues

If your actions or decisions cause your separation from work, the DES will deny benefits.
If you quit without a good cause connected to your work, the state may deny benefits. For example, if you quit because you wanted to go back to school full-time, this may be a “good” cause, but it is not a cause connected to work. You quit for personal reasons.
The DES will deny benefits for those discharged from employment because of misconduct connected to the work. “Misconduct” is any action or inaction that shows a disregard for the employer’s interests. Repeated violations of employer policies or generally accepted business practices (habitually absent without a good cause) are simple examples of misconduct.

Quit and Still Eligible

Your employer may have done something or failed to do something to force you to quit. If your employer, for example, forced you to work in unsafe conditions, you may be eligible for benefits even though it was your decision to quit. You will have to show you made a good faith effort to work out the situation and the circumstances did in fact exist when you decided to quit.

Fired and Still Eligible

You may be eligible for benefits even though your action caused your dismissal. The DES may not consider your action to be “misconduct.” A one-time showing of poor judgement or an inability to perform your duties should not cause a denial of benefits.

Other Issues

The DES can deny benefit claims for reasons not connected to monetary eligibility or separation from work. Failing to look for work or refusal to accept an offer of suitable employment are reasons for denying benefits.

What Happens When the DES Denies Benefits

You have the right to appeal any determination the DES makes regarding your benefits. The DES will mail you a Notice of Determination regarding the denial of benefits. The notice will tell you how long you have to file your appeal, in writing, with the DES’ Appeals Section. For more information on unemployment appeals, read our page on NC appeals.


If you are looking for further information, you can visit the official website of North Carolina Department of Employment Security.

You will also want to read the state’s Unemployment Insurance Overview.

For specific questions or special problems, it may be best to call and get information from the source.

NCESC Phone number


DES mailing address

P.O. Box 25903
Raleigh, NC 27611-5903

DES central office

700 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605

Weekly certification phone number


Appeals Inquiry






  • Arthur

    If I quit a job due to being over worked would that count as a good cause? For 4 months I was scheduled for 36 hrs per week each week, but was being made to work an extra 24-36 (totaling 60-72)hrs each week. Some of these shifts being 18hrs on 6hrs off then 12 hours on. I was a site supervisor and the reason for the extra hours was because I was being force to cover site hours with only half the required staff for the job.

    • You should get benefits, but NC may require you appeal before they will pay. Gather together proof of the 72/hr weeks to present to the interviewer. This might be enough for an initial approval.

      • Beth

        My husband and I moved to NC 4 years ago to relocate with his company. The company is now relocating to Raleigh which is 2 hours away from where our home is. He has declined relocating, again, due to having to move our kids, yet again. His employer initially told him he would be considered laid off. Apparently he is now going back on his word and saying he quit. Will he be able to collect unemployment? Thanks!

        • He has essentially been discharged from his job at the current location and has been offered and can refuse new work at an unsuitable location two-hours away. A 2-hour commute is considered impractical in NC and a material change to his employment contract. The change of work location is attributable to employer. He can refuse this job as unsuitable for the reasons cited. He should be eligible for benefits. When he applies, he should state he has been discharged – no matter what employer asserts.

          Know that NC only pays a maximum benefit of $350/wk for 12 weeks and isn’t the quickest in approving claims. If he is initially denied, he should appeal. If employer says he quit, he may need to appeal to argue the merits of the unsuitability of this impractical commute no matter what he tells the interviewer. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

  • Robyn

    I was a federal employee in NC, but my family PCS’d to Alaska (the reason for my unemployment). Interstate benefits If I am eligible for benefits, to whom will I be liable for state taxes, NC or AK (AK does not have state income tax)?

    • You apply in NC where you were employed. AK has nothing to do with this. Not sure what you mean by “my family” but, unless you are the spouse of the person whom the military has transferred, NC will not pay unemployment benefits. Relative to state taxes, consult a tax advisor. No one here is qualified to give tax advice.

  • Sasha McNeil

    I am currently 34 weeks pregnant, I have been with my company for 8 months. The all love and acknowledge the work I do but lately I have been having lots of pain in my lower back and hips, They just informed me I will need to work until the day I delivery and after delivery my position will be terminated but the door is open for whenever I want to come back. I do not feel comfortable or safe working until my water breaks. If I terminate my position on my own will unemployment be an option?

    • Not really, if you are not fit to work. If you provide medical documentation that you are no longer fit to work and you can document to NC that your employer required you work until your delivery date, NC will establish the claim but won’t pay benefits until you are again able and available to work. You would need to provide NC a doctor’s release before it will pay benefits. That means the weeks preceding and shortly after childbirth are unpaid.

  • Jerry Harris


    I have filed and received 12 weekly certifications. My screen now shows that benefits have exhausted. I have been reading that I could get 13 weekly payments. Is the 13th an extension or does it include the 1 unpaid week?

    • Due to low unemployment rate, NC is no longer paying 13 weeks, but its minimum of 12 weeks. Check your claim award. Have you exhausted all $$ under it? If so, there are no further benefits available to you until you work again – and the benefit year for your current claim has expired.

      • Tinesha Cook

        Hello Again.. I couldn’t find my last message to you but I know you said because of my situation my employer will file misconduct on my behalf & if I appeal & win it will be 2& 3 months before i could actually receive benefits.. So to keep from starving to death I applied for food stamps ..i received a letter from unemployment telling me how much i could receive & i know that’s no promise… Well the case worker tells me im basically not elgible because my income from unemployment is 276 a week… How is that mu income when it’s supposed to just be a letter telling me how much i would elgible for…. This makes no sense to me at all

        • Our earlier conversation was here:

          SNAP programs in most states do consider potential UE income and won’t grant benefits if that potential exists. Reapply when you get the denial letter from NC.

          You also might want to explore potential help, here:

          • Tinesha Cook

            Hello.. So somebody just called from unemployment asked me 3 questions 1# date of birth.. 2# how long did I work at my last job.. 3#did I ever get any written or verbal complaints about my job also did I do my job to the best of my ability.. Haven’t been denied or approved at this time.. She said I would get a written notice in the mail… So basically my question to you is.. Is this common for them to do.. I was under the impression if your fired for misconduct …( I’m assuming) that they would just deny you… Then you would have to do the whole appeal process… Thanks in advance

          • No, they interview you first. You should have received notice of the date/time of this phone call/interview. Usually, no matter what you say in the interview, if employer says misconduct it’s an automatic denial.

  • Candi Franklin

    I was terminated due to unsatisfactory job performance. I was dealing with medical problems with myself, and my daughter was in and out of the mental hospital for suicide. I am a single mom. She is 14. I was trying to deal with all of that on my own, but was VERY stressed out. I told them everything that was going on, but because I was so stressed and distracted, I made a lot of mistakes. I was disqualified for benefits, and just had my appeal hearing yesterday. What are the chances of it being accepted? How long does it typically take to hear a response from the appeal?

    • What reason did NC give for the denial? Post the decision, please. Without that, there is no way to conjecture on the outcome of the appeal. You should receive a decision within two weeks, probably less.

  • Steph

    If I give my current employer my two week notice after finding another job, and they fire me the next day, do I qualify to receive unemployment benefits? And if I do qualify, what is the time frame before I receive payment?

    • Yes, you are entitled to benefits. At best, you will receive one week’s benefits. The first week is an unpaid waiting week. Best case, you might receive payment for that week five weeks after application.

  • Erica Trueman

    I have been notified that my employer is closing their business then end of September. Will I qualify for unemployment after they close?

  • Amanda Strickland

    I took a leave of absence from work due to personal medical problems. I have open wounds on my feet that have not healed in 2 years and swelling in my legs and feet. I’m trying to get my medicaid back so I can try to get more help with my health issue; my medicaid got terminated in May of this year. My social worker said I had to apply for unemployment even if I get denied. But while I’m not working, will I be eligible for unemployment? I told my job I would be back Aug. 14th,, but I might have to go on a longer absence or quit because my feet and legs have not healed. I don’t know if I’ll qualify for Social Security Disability either. Please let me know what I should do, thanks!

    • No, you are not qualified for unemployment benefits because you cannot work. Your social worker wants you to go through the motions to prove to Medicaid that unemployment benefits are not a source of income for you.

  • Mary

    I have had my hours reduced due to lack of work. I went from 40 hours a week to maybe as few as zero. I have no guarantee of work on any given day, but my employer likes to have me available if there is work. If my employer does not officially lay me off, can I quit and have that be a good cause to file for unemployment benefits?

  • Sarah C.

    Hi, I live in North Carolina and it says the maximum amount of weeks is 20 but I am only been approved for 13. I am coming up on my last few weeks to receive unemployment and I haven’t found a job yet. Would I qualify for the additional weeks..?

    • There are no extensions. Talk to NC about any certified training programs it may have. North Carolina does not pay more than 13 weeks because its unemployment rate is too low. Max of 20 weeks is allowed under state law depending on that unemployment rate.

  • Sarah Unrrue

    I have an employee who is 75 years old. Our company is going to need to lay him off due to lack of work. Of course he draws a Social Security check each month. Will he be eligible for unemployment benefits in North Carolina?

  • Mary Kiely

    I have worked for the same company for 7 years (large box retail), i am a full time employee. Recently hours have been cut in my department, going from 37-40 hours per week down to 27- 30 hours per week. Can i file for partial unemployment?

    • You won’t be able to collect partial unemployment in NC unless your company petitions the state for special reduced-work status. Otherwise, in NC, if you work at least three full-time days, NC will not pay a partial benefit no matter how little you earn.

      • Keith

        Hello there I have a question… I been working for this job since February, getting 84 hours every 2 weeks… But in the last 2 weeks I worked 34 hours due to the company was putting in new machines….. I just got paid for 34 hours in a 2 weeks period, can I file for partial unemployment benefits

  • Jenny B

    I was laid off in June 2017 and was out on a paid leave of absence until August 2017. At that time, I should expect a severance check that will be approximately two months of net pay for me. It should be about $6k after taxes. When should I start to apply for unemployment?

  • Sleepless in NC

    I was called into my office and terminated on Monday. All they said to me was that the hospital runs audits and that I had accessed the chart of someone who was not a patient to our practice. The manager couldn’t givevme any info she said they weren’t given the name of the persons chart or anything. I told her that happens all the time people call in and ask if they’ve been seen at our practice in the past or they say we got a call from this number and I have to pull up everyone in the house until I figure out who the call was for. She said she’s sorry and that’s just policy.

  • Claudia Williams

    I was laid off my job on June 30, 2016. I collected unemployment for 13 weeks. After months of active searching I finally got a job in March, 2017. Now I am told I will be laid off my new job in July, 2017. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits again? HR says I will, but I am not so sure.

  • Misty Lynne Locklear

    Hi. I’ve been employed for 11 months and in May I had to have eye surgery and I’ve been out of work ever since. My doctor is releasing me but with a restriction that I go back slowly possible part time due to my double vision but my employer won’t let me come back with any restrictions. If I quit for this medical reason can I get unemployment?

    • If you’ve asked your employer for accommodation for this disability and they have refused, you may be eligible for benefits provided there is reasonable assurance you can obtain part-time work in your location. If not, NC may determine you are not able and available and disqualify you until your doctor releases you. Be sure you can document this request and employer’s refusal. Get this in writing. NC isn’t the most claimant-friendly state. Expect a denial and a need to appeal – in other words a long wait before benefits are paid.

      • Misty Lynne Locklear

        My employer told me I could not come back because it says double vision on my doctors note and I couldn’t come back till I got a full release from the doctor.

        • My advice to you is not to quit, but to wait for employer to discharge you. Much easier to get benefits if discharged. Your medical reasons are not disqualifying on a discharge although you would still need to prove able and available. But, the road will be easier. You’ll have a hard time and long wait w/NC if you quit. Further, NC only pays benefits for 13 weeks. Wait for the discharge.

  • K

    I have worked in NC for 24 years and have been laid off as of yesterday. I am fortunate to get some severance based on a high salary. How are excessive earnings determined? I think I may not qualify for benefits because my severance may exceed the $4550 total for which I would be eligible. Is that right?

    • Some states disregard severance entirely, others will establish the claim and begin benefit payments after severance is exhausted. However, based on reports from others, NC won’t even establish a claim until equivalent weeks of severance are exhausted. Therefore, assuming you are still unemployed at the time, apply for benefits when the equivalent weeks of severance have been exhausted. That would be sometime in late August, early September ($4,550/$350=13 wks). At that time, NC will review wages April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017, which means you will still have an entire year’s wages on which to base a claim.

      You, of course, could attempt to apply now to avoid the processing time delay, but expect NC may refuse to process the application.

      In short, yes, you are eligible.

  • SK

    My spouse and I currently reside in North Carolina, and he is getting out of the military (I believe he still receives Permanent Change of Station orders but am not certain yet). We will be moving to Texas, as he will be getting a job there. I have been employed (at one employer) for over two years. Do I qualify for unemployment as a military spouse or for trailing spouse?

    • No. NC provides trailing spouse for military transfers only. Hubby is taking a job in TX after discharge. He is no longer in military, this is not a military transfer, there are no benefits for you. Apply anyway. You have nothing to lose.

      • SK

        The military is moving us as a final transfer (Texas is our home of record); is the answer still the same? I am not trying to be difficult. I just be well informed. Thanks for your fast response.

  • Davida Foulks

    I have been on and maternity leave at my job. I called them to resume working and they will only hire me back if I take a shift change. Those hours aren’t good for me due to their daycare hours. Will I qualify for unemployment?

    • Yes, if you always worked first shift. Essentially, the employer has discharged you from a job you had and is offering you new, unsuitable work materially different as to hours. First, address the grievance with the employer, asking for a return to your original job. If employer says no, quit. When you apply for benefits, state you were discharged from your original position. Employer, of course, will say you had quit.

      USDOL addresses the issue. See 4.b., here:

      Chances are you will be initially denied, and need to appeal. If you are required to appeal, cite from the above link. You should prevail at appeal. Most families with children must work days because of child care issues. This shouldn’t be an issue. NC, however, is not the most claimant-friendly state – and you may need to file an appeal to get benefits.

  • Ozais

    I was approved and I have been getting my check every week. When I went to file tonight it states that I have exhausted all of my benefits, but yet when I go online it states that I have an active status and that I have money left to be paid out. What’s going on

    • How many weeks benefits are assigned to your claim? How many weeks have been paid out? Money left to be paid out is the equivalent of how many weeks?

      • Ozais

        It states that I had 4200 and they have paid me 1750 and I have 2540 left but when I call in as well as when I try to file my weekly claim online that I have exhausted my benefits

        • When did you first file an application for benefits? If you recently reopened an existing claim, it is possible the benefit year for that claim has now expired. Benefits are use it or lose it within a 52-week period. In that case, you must have worked during your previous benefit year, which will create new claim eligibility. Therefore, file an application for a new claim.

          If this is not your situation and the benefit year for your first claim has not yet expired, I have no explanation. You will need to call NC for an answer.

  • Jen

    How will you know if your claim was approved? Will I receive something in the mail to know when to start the “looking for work report”.

    • You will know your claim is approved when your online status changes and/or NC sends you a notification. Meanwhile, you do NOT wait for an approval to start looking for work. You begin your work search immediately and you file weekly claim certifications whether or not approved. Keep good records of these searches in the event of an audit.

      NC will pay retro for all weeks claimed when you get an approval. Meanwhile you MUST keep searching for work and submitting weekly claims. NC typically takes at least four weeks to approve a claim. If you haven’t been doing work searches during that period, NC cannot pay you.

  • Erenn Harootian

    I have been employed for 10yrs and recently we went to a nine day allowed attendance policy anything greater is grounds for termination. I recently am having some health issues. I can’t afford to go to a doctor but I have been to the ER. If I was to get terminated could I receive unemployment benefits?

    • Discharge for absenteeism due to medical issues is not disqualifying, but you will probably need to appeal a denial before NC will recognize that. Keep all documentation of your medical visits to the ER.

  • Totally Frustrated

    I have just recently became separated from a job of 24 years due to a restructure of the organization. I have never filed unemployment before and am finding the process frustrating. After getting all my information finally submitted on-line, I have gotten a letter for Explanation of Benefits that states at the bottom that the claim has an active issue that is preventing payment of benefits. Can you explain what could be the cause of this and what I need to do. I have been trying to log in online to fill out my job search requirements and am running into a roadblock there as well.

  • TMC.

    What can you do to quit unemployment benefits if you don’t want it all?

  • Unknown

    My husband is going to have to quit his job in order to care for me as I undergo a bone marrow transplant. Although he won’t be actively looking for a job, can he apply for unemployment due to needing to care for a loved one? He requested a leave of absence from his job but he’s only been there 6 months and doesn’t qualify. He doesn’t want to get fired but would that be a better option to then collect unemployment?

    • Whether he quits because of compelling family circumstances or is fired for absenteeism, because he is your caregiver, he will not be able to demonstrate that he is Able and Available – which is a prerequisite for collecting unemployment benefits. A&A means is able to search for and accept work if offered. It is unlikely NC will pay unemployment benefits in your circumstances. He should, however, by all means apply. Nothing is lost by making the effort.

  • Mark Loudin

    I had to quit my job in order to do my student teaching and it is clearly stated that we cannot work during this period of time, is this a valid reason to get benifits?

    • No. You have an Able and Available issue which precludes payment. You can apply, of course, and request a work search waiver from NC. Expect to a wait a couple of months for a decision.

      • Mark Loudin

        I waited until I finished my teaching and now started on my job search before I applied. This should preclude the able and available requirement?

        • Unless the student teaching was paid work, you have no qualified separation on which to create eligibility for benefits. You have quit the job you had to do student teaching. Even if that quit is determined to be for good cause, which is unlikely, the subsequent loss of the student teaching job won’t create eligibility unless it is paid work.

          If you were paid for student teaching, then NC may grant a claim.

  • Dave

    I file for Unemployment and was denied, so I filed an Appeal. My benefit year expired during my appeal and I had to refile will my previous decision stay if the employer does not response to my my new benefit claim? They had until today and have yet send a response my appeal hearing is on Monday.

    • The decision should apply to the first denial. If you win, NC should pay retro those benefits for that first benefit year. The second application then becomes moot, unless you’ve worked during your first benefit year to create second year eligibility and another claim with additional benefits. In which case, yes, your employer may contest that, too. But, if you win the appeal, he is wasting his time because the issue has been decided.

  • Kris

    Need your advice please. I began working at my job August 2013.
    December of 2016, my manager asked me to be honest and let her know if I was going to be looking for a new job because she knew my husband and I had just separated and I wouldn’t be on his benefits much longer and she didn’t offer benefits. Because she asked me to be honest, I told her I was going to have to get a new job b/c I would need benefits and kept her informed of jobs I applied for but that I wasn’t having any luck. She insinuated she wasn’t going to immediately go hire someone else to replace me b/c she understood the situation I was in with now being a single mom and thanked me for my honesty.
    January 1 – she hired another Agent and I was under the impression I would just be doing Customer Service for both of them and was not told otherwise.
    January 25th – Manager emailed me saying “remember I said I couldn’t pay you after Feb 15th pay period”. I was floored because this was my first time hearing this and I was not under the impression that she was going to just let me go because I answered her question honestly. She said she had told me 2 weeks prior in a verbal conversation that she wasn’t going to be able to afford to pay me and new Agent but this was NOT clear to me at all and she knew that. (New Agent was only supposed to be paid on commission).
    Feb 1st- Luckily, I got a new job and immediately emailed my manager and told her I had gotten a job and that my last day would be Feb 10th. I then let her know I would be late Feb 2nd in order to go talk to new boss and fill out paperwork unless that was a problem. She said it was fine.
    Feb 2nd- Got into work and she was very mad of how long it took at new boss’s meeting. Then told me that my last day was just going to be Feb 3rd (the very next day). I asked her why I couldn’t work my notice out, and she said the whole waiting it out until Feb 10th was uncomfortable for her. My new job was due to start Feb 15th. Unfortunately I was let go of new job March 17th because I wasn’t a “good match” for what needed to be done. Am I Eligible To Get Unemployment from prior Employer for telling me my last day would be Feb 15th even though I had no job lined up, and then telling me my last day would be Feb 3rd instead of Feb 10th (the day I said would be my last day due to a new job)?? Thanks so much!!

    • NC will determine the benefit by wages in the claim’s base period Jan-Dec. 2016 – regardless of who last terminated you.

      You are eligible for benefits because you were discharged from this latest job, as well as the earlier job – regardless you had submitted a resignation.

      NC will investigate the separations from both jobs.

      In reality, you were discharged from that first job per employer’s January 25th email. Further, because first employer discharged you seven days in advance of your actual notice date which notice was provided only b/c employer gave you notice 1/25, NC should not classify that as a quit. In some states you’d be granted the claim with no issue.

      But, NC is quite regressive in its views on benefits. NC (wrongly) may initially classify the first separation as a quit if employer states you quit. Employer’s email of 1/25 will refute this. Hopefully, you have a copy. You may need to appeal to have the facts of this case correctly examined.

      Claim processing will take a month if you’re lucky and get an immediate approval, or two-three months if you need to appeal. No benefits will be paid until claim is approved.

      Good luck.

  • Mary

    I was laid off from my job and have already applied and started doing my weekly certifications. What if you find a job but you are unable to start for a few months? Reason why is it’s a government job and the paperwork is timely due to credentials and security checks? Do you still have to show you are looking for 5 jobs a week when you have already found one you just can’t start yet? There is still no start date.

    • A promise of a job is not a job. Job offers are rescinded all the time, sometimes after people have moved across the country.

      Unless you can get a waiver from your state – which you won’t – you need to continue to search for work while claiming benefits.

  • Unknown

    Hello I have been on my full-time job since November last year. As of yesterday I was let go. I was still in my one year probationary period. I was told it was that I wasn’t catching on fast enough. Am I eligible for unemployment? My previous job was a part-time temp job that ended after a year.

  • Gary Ferguson

    I was recently laid-off. I am 64 years old an am contemplating filing for SS benefits. I am receiving a severance, but If I am receving SS benefits, can I file for unemployment benefits when I’m no longer receiving severanceand, if so, is there be a penalty or reduction in the amount of unemployment benefits I receive?

  • Name

    I had to go on short-term disability from work in another state. I moved to NC to be closer to family while recovering from my condition. I will not be able to move back to that state to go back to work due to my health condition, I must stay in NC. Is there any way I can receive Unemployment in NC for a short time until my health condition improves?

    • No. Unemployment benefits are paid to those who are searching for and physically able to accept work. Further, you have no work history in NC. Your unemployment and disability benefits are paid by the state in which you last worked, not the state in which you are living now.

  • Tammy

    My husband retired early for health reasons and I left my job. We moved to another state because the cost of living was cheaper. Can I apply for benefits in NC? Is there a clause that I could receive benefits and it not affect my previous employer in NC?

    • Trailing spouse benefits are state-mandated and paid by the state. Your employer(s) would not be charged.

      That said, you have no eligibility for benefits in NC. Your husband retiring for health reasons and moving for lower cost of living is not qualifying. NC would pay if he experienced a job transfer, but not in your situation.

  • RP

    I worked in NC on a contract (on a W-2) for over a year. The contract ended last week, and I am now in TX looking for work. Am I eligible to apply for unemployment benefits in NC even though my job search will take place in TX?

  • jackie alston

    I was terminated from my job for failing the shooting range, The company cited misconduct as the reason for contesting my unemployment benefits. I was denied unemployment but how is this misconduct?

    • INABILITY to perform up to a standard is NOT disqualifying unless it can be proven you willfully failed that test, but it is unlikely NC will see it that way initially. When employer cites misconduct, states always deny and let the appeal court sort out the true facts. If you have been denied, absolutely appeal this decision.

  • Mac Jacobs

    I have been employed in North Carolina for 23 years, so length of service is not an issue.
    However, I have had heart surgery and have other health issues. As a result, I am no longer able to work at my old job. Topping things off, my position has been cut at my old place of employment, so there’s no job to go back to even if I could return.

    I have filed for disability with SSA, but I’ve been told that decision may not be made for a while. Can I apply for unemployment, even though physically I am unable to work?

    • Unemployment benefits are paid to those who are fit to search for and accept work if offered. Are you able to do some worK? Do those positions exist? If so, apply for benefits and search for jobs which can accommodate your limitations.

  • Sara Hollister

    I am a military spouse and am also pregnant. I work full time now and have for the past 2 years while in NC. We are waiting on orders but it looks like they may come around the time I give birth. My work does not offer paid time off for birth but I do have Aflac and plan to return to work after giving birth.
    Question being what if I am still out from giving birth when we have to move due to orders. Can I apply for unemployment still once I am ready/available to work in our new state? Is there a time limit after leaving my job due to military relocation that I have to apply by?

    • There is no time limit on applying for benefits as long as sufficient wages remain in the base period to support a claim. You should apply for benefits immediately after you’ve resigned your job because of the military move – even if out on maternity leave. NC can establish the claim and will suspend benefit payments until you have a medical release that you are fit to work.

      • KEVIN KING

        I am an NC resident and I am currently eligible for unemployment benefits. I filed for unemployment benefits and started receiving them after resolving an issue and it being held for 3 weeks. I received one regularly scheduled payment and then I was scheduled to go in to workforce solutions. I wasn’t able to make the meeting and called to notify someone I wasn’t going to be able because mom had A stroke the day before the scheduled meeting. I told them I am not able to reschedule as of yet because she is paralyzed on one side of her body. I also asked to speak to someone so i can file to have my case heard. I was told repeatedly by workforce that it is a unemployment issue when I was instructed to call workforce by The Employment Security Commission. Then once I called the Workforce I was told not os an unemployment issue after repeatedly having to call both places I asked to speak to a supervisor in workforce the representative told me I can’t he won’t allow me. I asked his name and decided to discontinue the conversation. I called back to the employment security commission and asked to file again for someone to hear my case then a representative looked in the computer and saw I called earlier in the week and said only notations were made about my unemployment. I requested to file an adjudication process to begin. Can someone please help me with this matter. I am filing and haven’t received any benefits in 3 weeks now. Please advise my bills are set due and I’m about to be evicted. Thanks

        • You MUST attend the Workforce Solutions meetings. Every state stops paying benefits when claimants don’t attend these meetings. Even if they reschedule, benefits do not resume until claimant attends the meeting.

          If you can’t attend a Workforce Solutions meeting because of your mother’s illness, then you do not meet the Able and Available criteria necessary for payment of unemployment benefits. You are either Able and Available to search for and accept work and do whatever is necessary to comply with UI regulations, or you aren’t. There is nothing to appeal, here. You have an Able and Available issue.

          Reschedule the meeting, attend the meeting, continue your work searches, and be prepared to accept work if offered. Otherwise, stop claiming and reopen the claim when you are again Able and Available.

  • Dee Nadal

    What’s the process exactly for applying? Can I apply online? If I am a Nanny and am laid off, am I eligible to apply for benefits?

    • Whether or not you get benefits will depend on if your employer reported your wages to the State of NC. You learn that by applying for benefits. If employer didn’t report wages, you can ask NC to do a wage investigation. You will need to provide copies of your paychecks/paystubs or other proof of wages.

      You can apply online.

  • Becky

    I just had a child and our doctor told us she has a medical condition that requires a lot of therapy and doctor visits. I will need to quit my job in order to stay home and care for my child. Do I qualify for unemployment in the state of North Carolina?

    • You have grounds for a quit and NC will establish the claim. However, NC will also require you be able and available to search for and accept work before it will pay benefits. If you have no one to care for your sick child, NC can’t pay you.

      • Becky

        So right now my fiancé works 2nd shift and is able to take care of our baby in the mornings. if I’m able to search for a part time in the morning to allow me to get off before he heads to work I can qualify for unemployment while I search for a morning shift?

        • Only if the job you’re quitting is also part-time. Apply for benefits and see where it goes. NC may not dig too deep into the A&A issue. NC only pays 12 weeks or thereabouts anyway, so this won’t help out for very long.

  • Susan Hines

    Hi, my job ended (lay off) February 3, 2017. I will receive my last paycheck on February 24, 2017. I have filed for unemployment, but I know I will not receive any monies for unemployment as long as I am receiving pay from my past employer.

    For the three weeks until I stop getting paid, do I need to be applying for 5 jobs a week ? Or start listing them when I actually start receiving payment? I have filed a claim, but my weekly certification will still show a paycheck until February 24th.

    Also, I filled out payment information on the DES page but it doesn’t show the changes on my Claimant Home page?

  • TJ

    Hi i draw $115 in benefits for my unemployment and im wondering if id be able to work 3 days a week 21 hours a week and still draw my unemployment. Id only be making about 130-140 dollars a week with a part time job.

    • No. NC will only pay a partial benefit in a week of less than three (3) customary scheduled full-time days.

      What are you being paid in an hour? $140/21 hours comes out to about $6.75 an hour. NC’s minimum wage is $7.25.

      Now, if you worked two days, 14 hrs. @ $7.25/hr. (you must report GROSS earnings before taxes), NC would increase your weekly benefit by 20% to $138, deduct $102 ($7.25/14), and pay you $36.

      If you work three full-time days, NC won’t pay you at all. Further, in that event, you would have earned too much anyway, as your earnings would be $152, more than your weekly partial benefit amount of $138.

      • TJ

        8.25 an hour so if i worked 2 days i could still draw?

        • Yes, but just barely. Here’s the math:

          $138.00 – Partial benefit rate
          -116.00 – Gross Earnings deduction (8.25×14=$115.50)
          $ 22.00 – North Carolina Net Benefit

          Yes, you’d get $22. $8.87 FICA would be deducted from your wages, so you’d net about $13 – and that’s before transportation and other expenses.

          Read this page and think about why you are considering this job:

          You can’t quit without losing your benefits if you find you don’t like this work or it’s just not worth it. If you quit, NC won’t make it easy for you to resume benefits.

          Much depends on where you are in your claim. You might be better served to use that time to intensify your job search efforts, instead. Otoh, if your benefits are about exhausted, working will serve to extend the life of the claim and the earnings will help you qualify for a new claim when the current benefit year expires.

  • David W Tollett

    Is there a time limit from being laid off and to having to file. I was laid off January 26th 2017 can I wait to file for unemployment or is there a time limit I am receiving a severance package of 12 weeks do I have to wait for the severance package to end before I draw benefits or do I have to file immediately.

    • File immediately in order to preserve wages in your LAG for a good second year claim, if needed. NC will delay benefit payments until severance is exhausted, but should establish the claim. Do not allow an unknowledgeable rep to tell you that you cannot apply for benefits until severance is exhausted. You can.

      It is not to your advantage to delay for two reasons – (1) loss of wages in the LAG, and (2) time needed to establish the claim. NC takes at least four-six weeks, sometimes a LOT longer, to establish a claim. About the time your severance is exhausted, hopefully NC will be in a position to pay you.

      Know that currently NC’s maximum benefit is $350/wk. for only 13 weeks. Most states pay 26 weeks.

  • Michelle Ruth

    I know that I will be laid off due in the next 4-6 months. I have been with the company for over 3 years. I know that I will be receiving a small severance pkge A job offer may be coming but in a different state or location. What if anything can my company do to try to deny me unemployment benefits?

    • Apply immediately upon discharge in order to preserve your LAG wages for a future claim. NC should establish the claim, which will take at least four or six weeks. When severance is exhausted, NC will pay you.

      Relative to an employer obstruction, employer can accuse you of misconduct in one form or another. You will need to refute that.

  • Nicole

    Hi, I’ve been receiving unemployment benefits in North Carolina but I’ll be substitute teaching starting this coming week. How does that work with my unemployment insurance? I’ll only be substituting a few times a month so will I still receive my weekly check? And if so, how much? I get $213 per week right now on UI. Thank you.

    • Yes, you can continue to claim benefits. You report your gross earnings for the week you work, NOT the week you get paid.

      NC figures its benefit this way:

      WBA+20%, less gross earnings; paid only in a week of less than 3 customary scheduled full-time days

      $256 ($213+20%) is your Partial Benefit Rate if you work while collecting benefits, which means NC will deduct your gross earnings from $256 and pay the difference. If you work three full-time days in a week, you receive no benefit. If your earnings equal or exceed $256, no benefit is paid. Any week in which you do not work at all, you are paid the regular weekly benefit amount of $213.

  • P Marshall

    I moved to NC in August 2016. I have worked since mid-Sept 2016, with 1 week off, and then worked full time until being let go today. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    • Depends on your earnings. NC requires two quarters of earnings through 12/31/2016 totalling 6x NC’s average weekly insured wage, or approximately $5,700. You can use NC’s calculator, here:

      But before you apply, you need to examine your earlier work history. You have the potential of two back-to-back claims – the state you moved from and NC.

      Further, NC only pays benefits for 13 weeks, up to a maximum weekly of $350; whereas most states pay more than that and for 26 weeks.

      So, where had you lived previously, what is your work history in those states, and what are your earnings by quarter going back to 10/1/2015? Did you have unemployment claims in any of those states?

      Here is a relatively accurate list of weekly benefits paid by state and for how long:

      • FPC

        I moved to NC August 23rd 2016 from New York City for a new job and I was dismissed this week. I had lived in NYC for 11 years.
        Am I eligible to apply for unemployment in both NC and NY?
        Thank you in advance..

        • You apply in NY. The benefit is better, and NY pays for 26 weeks v. NC 13 weeks. You have two quarters of NY earnings – quarter ending 9/30/2016 and 12/30/2016. Ask NY for a combined-wage claim.

  • CJ

    I have worked in the same hospital for 13 yrs and was terminated on 01/04/17 with the citing of Attendance as the issue.
    You are only allowed to miss so many days without being written up with warning notifications. I’m 63 y/o and have serious back problems and finally applied and was granted FMLA for this.. Prior to the FMLA I had been at final written warning for the 3rd time in nine months. I’m one of the people who always seems to pick up every virus going around. I have been sick several times. I do not wish nor choose to get ill. I was seen in the emergency room on 01/28/17 for a gastrointestinal virus and was told I needed to leave work for two days to recover as this particular virus can last between 4 to 7 days. I was very ill with multiple symptoms and the ER doctor stated this virus was contagious and I should not be around patients or coworkers.. The physician gave me a written note which I turned in and went home. (total days missed was two as I was on vacation when the onset began) I was better within those two days and returned to work and was terminated that morning. Am I eligible to file for unemployment?

  • Ahyea Pilloam

    I was fired from my job for misconduct and disqualified for unemployment benefits I filed for a appeal and it was still denied I was told I can still receive unemployment benefits after a 12week penalty period of I keep filing my weekly claim of I’m still unemployed is that true or can I file another appeal of my hearing was 1-5-17

    • Whether or not you can collect after 12 weeks depends on what the letter says, exactly. Often there is a rework requirement attached. If your letter says nothing about returning to work and earning new wages, then it would appear you can collect after the twelve-week period has elapsed.

      Your letter should also outline further appeal rights. If you’ve already had one appeal hearing, the new appeal would be addressed to the NC Board of Review. Reread your letter, carefully. Claimant appeals must be filed within the timeframe stated in the decision letter.

  • Tim

    I’ve been receiving unemployment benefits for about 3-4 weeks. I started a new job as a 1099 worker. I have still maintained my job search. I don’t receive a paycheck until the end of the month. Do I still report that I’ve been working?

  • Dee

    Hi! If I worked in North Carolina for nine months and am let go, am I eligible for unemployment? How many months do you need to qualify?

  • T Will

    I was separated from the army in November of 2016. I received an honorable discharge for failure to provide a family care plan. Is it too late to file for unemployment? I am also pregnant and due in a month? Am I still required to apply for jobs? I have no problem doing so but I wouldn’t accept a job offer because until six weeks after birth and even then, I am a full time student who graduates in may and interns in the summer. Not sure what to do.

    • Maternity disability and school are generally both disqualifying. You need to be Able and Available to search for and accept work.

      Yes, you can apply now to preserve wages and get the claim in place for when you are again Able and Available – to search for and accept work.

      What state were in you in when discharged? If you separated from the Army in another state, you in all probability are far better off applying for benefits there.

  • Karen

    My daughter have worked for Verizon for 2 years. She has become ill medically and mentally. She has applied several times to their short term disability boards and have been denied. She has all the medical documentation stating that she is unable to work at this time. Her job wants her to quit but I advised her that would not be wise because if she apply for unemployment benefits she may be denied. If she is unable to work for medical reasons can she get unemployment benefits?

    • No. Unemployment benefits are paid to those have experienced a qualifying separation and to those who are Able and Available – searching for and able to accept work. If she quits for medical reasons, you may be granted claim, but NC will not pay benefits until she has medical authorization that she is fit for work.

  • Mary

    I worked at a law firm for one month before they let me go due to inexperience, even though they had my resume, work experience and I went through the interview process. They claimed I was not getting a hold of the material even though I was provided very little training. Could I still receive unemployment?

    • Lacking skills/bad fit isn’t disqualifying. In your case, much depends on your work and earnings history. If this is your first job, you haven’t worked long enough to qualify for benefits. If you quit another job to take this one, how long were you at the other job, was this new job materially better than the one you quit? In your case, an earlier quit is far more apt to be the disqualifier than why you lost your current job. In the end, however, apply for benefits and let NC sort it out. You have nothing to lose.

  • Jane doe

    I was put on probation due to being out for being sick or my child was sick. The past 3 months I was not out until yesterday due to school closes dor weather and daycare closed. I was told today a patient called about a fee that was charged to their account for missing an appointment. I follow directions and if they have missed one appointment the second you add a fee. I was never wrote up for this. Then I was told I was late 5 times the past 3 months due to traffic and accidents of 77. There were 3 others girls late the same days they live near me. But they were not fired or wrote up. Will I be able to get the benefits? I also must add last week I got in trouble for things I didn’t do that were done while I was on vacation over Christmas. The notes in the patient chart proved that. They held my check and did not send it to payroll for direct deposit last week. The same week I was repremanded for things I didn’t do. I am to pick up a paper check tomorrow.

    • Not without an appeal – especially in NC if employer cites attendance/tardiness issues. Apply for benefits. You have a small chance of winning at appeal if your employer is a no-show or if you are able to successfully refute their charges.

      • Jane doe

        But I received it back in 2012 for attendance and I was out sick….

        • Family illness is different. The employer has no responsibility toward you because of your children. Much depends on what your employer states are the reasons for the discharge. All you can do is apply and let the process run its course.

          Further, know that NC has become quite regressive in its unemployment benefit program since 2012 – virtually draconian – substantially reducing maximum benefit and weeks paid. Therefore, your current application may be handled quite differently. NC actually denied federal benefits in 2012 to thousands of eligible people by withdrawing from the program. The ONLY state in the country to do this. So, as I said, the climate in NC is very different today than it was in 2012.

          • Jane doe

            No but it was only once or twice he was sick.. I was sick and have doc visits to prove that

          • Jane doe

            Child was sick back in 2012 too and so was i. Was told no fault of own so idk.. my point is I’m being treated unfair at work. No one else gets wrote up for being late. And they are. No one else gets yelled at in front of patients like I was. Very unprofessional.

          • By all means, apply. There are never any guarantees. NC doesn’t care how badly you were treated in comparison to other employees. That’s a matter for the EEOC. All that matters for benefit eligibility is whether employer’s reasons for discharge – absences/tardiness – are not disqualifying.

      • Jane doe

        I can’t help traffic nor is it fair to punish me but not 3 others… I can prove I was sick with doc visits notes too. Like I said in 2012 I didn’t have to appeal anything and I received it. I was told then it was no fault because sickness is no fault. And I was wrote up a few times for being out at that job and I still got it?

  • Christy M

    My husband and I owned a small business franchise that we had to close last year. He has not been able to find a new job but has trying to use the LLC as a consulting firm. He has only had one client. Is he eligible to file for unemployment?

  • John H

    I was just notified today that my job of 9 months was “letting me go” because they want to hire someone in my position who can eventually lead a department and they don’t think I am that person. They didn’t say anything about fighting me on unemployment and that they’d give me good references, etc.

    How will NC likely determine my eligibility?

  • Angel M

    Im a painter…I’ve been working for this company for a year now. Winter is here snd work has been cut to 1 work day a week to maybe none until further notice from my employer. He hasn’t laid me off or anything….basically has me on notice. From 40+hrs to just 7hrs a week just won’t do. What can I do? Quite? Would I be able to collect unemployment benifits in N.C?

    • You can apply for unemployment based on reduced hours. Any gross earnings will be deducted from your benefit on a week by week basis. If you earn more than your benefit in any one week, NC won’t pay you and will close the claim, which means you need to call the following week to reopen.

  • Jane Doe

    This process of getting unemployment in NC is horrible. I am from NJ and moved to NC for college and ended up finding a full time job with benefits. I only once applied for unemployment in NJ (and it took them 3 weeks to receive my 1st unemployment check). I am now on my sixth week and no money. I am about to lose my car, my house, etc. They keep saying that since I have gotten a severance they are still determining my unemployment. Why is the determination taking so long for someone who got laid off? I wish I can get a lawyer but that is not a reality. I have never gone through what I am going through now, and I have lived in states with bigger cities and populations. I am looking for a job but it is going to be hard to find a job when you are homeless and carless. Any advice on what I can do will be a great help.

  • Kim

    I was recently terminated from my employment due to medical illness which caused me to miss a couple of days in November and a couple of days in December. I worked for a very small law firm and they want to pay me unemployment and have filed a response to des supporting that. When I completed the unemployment claim I indicated that I was terminated ( because that seemed like the obvious answer, despite my employer wanting me to be able to claim unemployment) now des is telling me that it does not matter that my former employer wants to approve my unemployment claim, that des will have to investigate. I filed my claim on December 14, 2016. One CSR stated that the claim would be approved upon receipt of the employer response. The last CSR I spoke with today told me that des won’t make a decision until at least January 13, 2017. I am really confused. Can you help explain this process

    • State law dictates whether or not benefits are paid. Employer may not oppose benefits but the employer’s reason for discharge may still be disqualifying under NC law. Medical absences are not normally disqualifying. Nonetheless, the review process takes time. Generally, expect a wait of at least four weeks from date of application before an approval. NC should not have an issue coming to a decision within that timeframe.

      If you don’t get an answer by then, contact your elected state representative. Find yours, here:

      State reps are extremely effective in getting these states to move. Many will stall for no good reason.

  • Anne

    I worked for my company in NC for 7 years, then the company moved to SC and I worked there for another 7 years. I lived in NC the entire time and still do. I was laid off in Feb. I filed and received unemployment from SC. Am I eligible to get unemployment from NC as well?

  • Tanya

    I quit my previous job to care for my disabled mother in November. I started working another job at home in October it is part time 30 hours. I moved to NC in November still working the other job generally about 25 hours a week. If they layoff after the holidays can I file for unemployment?

  • Dawn Bowman

    I started a job August 2016 and was just released due to a merger. My last day was last Friday 10th. My last paycheck is 12/31/16.

    1. am I eligible for 2 qtr rule to apply?
    2. Which date would I use as termination — 12/31 or 12/10
    3. What’s my deadline to apply (if I’m eligible)

    • Do you have earnings before this current job? If so apply now. Otherwise, you will to wait until January to apply in order to meet the two-quarters earnings requirement. Your discharge date is 12/10, you report you were paid through 12/31.

      • Dawn Bowman

        Yes. Part-time. Prior to this job with another company.

        He released me on dec 9th but
        Is paying me through the end of the year. That’s why I’m confused. I had vacation pay and a bonus coming for 4th qtr by mid-January. That’s why I’m confused.

        So I’ve had a job the whole time but not a full 2-qtrs with employer that just released me.

        • Doesn’t matter. Base period includes ALL employers. File now if you are unemployed.

          • Dawn Bowman

            So do I use my release date or my my last payroll date?

            And-I have a direct sales business on the side. How does that impact it? Totally forgot about that.

          • Release date, already answered upthread, here:

            Your discharge date is 12/10,

            You report any earnings received after release date which will delay payment of benefits. Earnings from SE work should be reported when you claim benefits and will reduce the amount of benefit paid each week.

            If you’ve done any reading on this thread, you should know it may take NC eight weeks or longer to approve the claim. No progress after four weeks, write your state representative. Find yours, here:


  • Carol

    My husband’s job slowed down from around 40 to 45 weekly too only 16 hours weekly.I’m just letting everyone know that because he is still working hardly part time. All he can get from NC DES is 56.00 weekly before taxes. They are making people jump through hoops for nothing. He has not even been approved yet.His employer takes taxes our heath insurance and all the other taxes, by the time he see that check it’s only around 97.00 weekly. He is looking for work doing everything to the nines. I’m currently unemployment for major heath reasons,I’m trying to get on SSI and this takes forever. This kind of stuff needs to stop it could cause people to lose there homes, everything. My husband’s job did so many wrong they knew weeks advance this was happening and, he has held that same job for over 30 years. He is still in pending going on two weeks looking work we are wasting more in gas money than he will even get. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who recently conceded to Attorney General Roy Cooper, I say to late, it will take a miracle to fix this mess.

  • Jeanne

    I work at a small family motel and my winter hours decrease substantially. Additionally, my employer is forcing me to take two entire weeks off without pay. I currently work about 20 hours per week for them, but it is not enough to survive. Do I qualify for partial unemployment benefits or any type of assistance?

    • Chances are any unemployment benefit will be very small, not to mention NC has an unpaid waiting week, which means all you get paid for is one week – and will take NC at least four-six weeks to process your claim. You may want to visit your country social services to see what assistance might be available.

  • TJ

    I was just laid off today but have a job offer that starts in March of 2017, can I still apply for unemployment ?

    • Yes. you can claim for each week you are unemployed. However, unless NC grants a waiver (possibly you are part of a union which can be exempt from work searches), you will need to perform work searches for each week you claim.

      If you refuse a job, it needs to be unsuitable as to any one of hours, pay, distance, work outside your skill set. NC will not allow you to refuse immediate work because of a “promise” of a job offer at some future point. So, if you refuse what NC deems suitable work, your benefits will end.

  • NC

    I start a new job next week. Should I still file my weekly unemployment certification once more being that I will not have worked until then?

  • Tmill

    My company moved to FL and we’re moved along with them in June, I was just let go and I was wondering where I need to apply for unemployment. My check is still coming from NC because they’ve not switched over yet but I’m now unfortunately a resident of FL. I tried to file online for FL and it said I was being fraudulent I guess since my licence and paycheck show NC?

    • Apply in NC. Any wages in your current base period (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) would have been reported to NC. FL will deny you for lack of earnings.

      • Tmill

        So I applied for nc and I received letter (document is an explanation of potential benefits but not a guarntee) although it doesn’t state wether or not I was accepted or denied but at the bottom of the letter it It stated claim has active issue that is preventing payment of benefits. Claim has indefinite/ineligible disqualification.
        Do you know what exactly this means?

        • NC must have found wages for you or it wouldn’t have sent that letter. Does the letter list your wages accurately?

          Now, NC needs to investigate the claim – i. e., contact your employer regarding circumstances of your job loss. This could take quite a while – four-six weeks, or longer.

          To be sure, call NC and ask for an explanation of that language.

          • Tmills

            We still haven’t heard anything back from unemployment is that normal for it to take a month without my word of wether or not I’m approved or denied?

          • Yes, it is normal, but it is not right. Four weeks is plenty of time for NC to process this claim. You have bills to pay. Those funds are there to assist you when there is no income. The purpose of the program is defeated when benefits are not paid – because your bills don’t stop and then you start incurring late fees and penalties which puts you into an even deeper hole.

            At this point you need to immediately email your NC state legislator about your stalled claim and lack of communication. He will get NC to make a decision. Find your legislator, here:


            Reps are extremely effective in getting these states to move.

  • clintonia murray

    In february of this year i fell at home and injured my knee and i was taken out of work for a couple days but when it was time for me to return my knee was still not functioning good the way i needed in order to perform my job. So at that point i knew i could not go back so i decided im going to further rehabilitate myself at home until i am 100% able with my knee. So will i be able to file unemployment

    • Unemployment benefits are not paid while you take time off for a disability. Either your employer provides short-term disability, or you have a policy, or your state does. So, no, you will not get benefits. Further, if you actually quit for medical reasons, you may be granted a claim – but NC will not pay benefits until you can provide a doctor’s certification that you are Able and Available to search for and accept work.

  • Jenifer Gulrock

    I worked in 2015 and 2016 remotely from WA and VA. I’ve been filing NC state taxes etc as I am a military spouse and NC is our state of residence. Apparently, my employer paid me through WA and VA, not through my state of residence. I applied for unemployment through NC and my former employer granted the request. But now, NC is asking for the unemployment back! How can that happen? What can I do to correct this?

    • You need to ask NC for a no-fault repayment waiver because the granting of this claim was not your error, but NC’s. You may need to consult a NC unemployment atty.

      In future, know that NC is among the five WORST states for unemployment benefits – lower benefit, minimal number of weeks paid – only 13.

      Worse yet, you were legitimately qualified for a claim in EITHER WA or VA – and should have applied in either of those states, asking for a combined-wage claim. Both states pay 26 weeks’ benefits, but WA is the best because it also pays a potentially much higher benefit ($681/wk) for the same $$ amount of earnings than either NC ($350) or VA ($378).

      The determining factor on where you file for benefits is the state to which your earnings were reported (and FUTA tax paid), not the state in which you live – in this case NC, which is a terrible state for unemployment benefits, generally. The fact that NONE of your earnings were reported to NC and no NC FUTA tax paid is why NC now wants its money back.

      NC should NEVER have granted the claim in the first place because none of your wages were in its database. Without any wages in the NC database, you were not eligible for a NC combined-wage claim using WA/Va earnings, either. NC is clearly in a mess to have allowed this.

      Instead, NC should have immediately denied the claim and told you to apply in either WA or VA – which is what any other state would have done – and which would have been so much more beneficial for you.

      This is NC’s error. Given NC’s draconian attitude on UE benefits generally, however, a waiver may not be readily forthcoming, which is why you may need to see an atty.

      • Jenifer Gulrock

        Thanks for the help! It’s frustrating and confusing as I’ve been paying taxes to NC and not to the other states. Someone should have definitely denied me along the way – either my employer or NC. again, thank you!

        • Administration of payment of unemployment benefits is solely the responsibility of the state paying the benefits. Your employer is not at fault, here, in any way. This error is solely the fault of North Carolina.

          Employer’s only responsibility is to verify the reasons for the job loss. Employer would only contest the claim if you quit without cause or were discharged for misconduct – not which state paid your benefit – as employer has no control over administration of the unemployment benefit program – in any state.

          Further, fyi, where you live and pay income taxes has no bearing on which state pays your unemployment benefits. You pay personal state income taxes to NC but your employers pay an unemployment insurance tax (FUTA) to the states to which your wages are reported.

          I hope you get this straightened out. If you do get a waiver, can you report back?

          Thanks and good luck.

  • J. Roberts

    Can you file for unemployment if you are furloughed?

  • deswaga

    I have been working 2 jobs the last 2 years and 8 months. 1 full time and 1 prn job. The full time job will no longer be available as of Dec 1 due to a contract buy out at a hospital. Am I still able to get unemployment from the full time job if I retain the prn job which could potentially become full time but no luck as of yet after Dec 1st?

  • Zee

    I got laid off April 3 after 16 years of service and started the part time job April 20 it’s just not fare this whole system. This the first time in life I’ve applied for this I have worked sence age 15 never applied for this 47 now married 3 kids not lazy at all there’s a lot of benefits that comes along whit being a dis locaded worker school mortgage assistant and more I just feel like I put my time in never unemployed?????? My social security employment history states all of this !!!!!? From age 15 to now. Thanks you’re very helpful

    • I know, it’s not fair – and particularly in NC which has done its best over the past few years to decimate its unemployment benefit program under the disguise of “attracting” new businesses to the state. In any other state that 11-hr/wk job would have no effect on your eligibility. Apparently, in NC, for some reason it does. See an atty. If you learn anything on this, it would be helpful if you could update your situation.

      Good luck.

  • Bunny

    What affect does a severance lump sum or moving your retirement money from your have on your eligibility to collect UI in NC? In other words if you are laid off and you get a couple thousand dollars as a result will result in a reduction of benefits?

    • Regarding severance, in NC normally you should be able to open a claim, but not collect for a number of weeks until severance has been offset. You may encounter NC saying you can’t open a claim b/c of severance, but you should insist on opening it now and delay claiming until severance is exhausted. Opening the claim now will preserve wages in your LAG for a future claim a year from now if you need it.

      Example: You receive $3,000 severance. Weekly benefit under your claim is $250. You delay collecting benefits for 12 weeks ($250×12=$3,000). Thereafter, NC begins to pay unemployment benefits.

      Regarding withdrawals from retirement funds, it depends on whether these funds are from a 401K or a personal IRA. 401k withdrawals are at the very least partial offsets to benefits if your employer has contributed to this 401k and will delay processing of your claim.

      For tax and unemployment benefit purposes, it is much better to NOT do a direct withdrawal from a 401k. Instead, do a direct rollover to a personal IRA and then withdraw, as withdrawals from IRAs do not need to be reported, nor is a 20% tax withholding mandatory.

      Otherwise, your benefits will be delayed because of this withdrawal – and, in addition, tax withheld which you will not get back until you file your tax return.

      Better than withdrawing from your retirement funds this late in the year which will trigger all manner of tax consequences – early withdrawal penalty of 10% plus income taxes – if you can borrow on a credit card until the year turns and then withdraw – you can delay payment of taxes for another year to April 2018 and those taxes may be lower depending on your earnings in 2017. If you have a 0% balance transfer offer, use it to buy yourself some time – and postpone those taxes. Meanwhile, rollover that 401k into an IRA.

  • Zee

    I got laid off my job company closed after 16 years of employment. We got a severance. I immediately applied for unemployment, and was told to wait 4 months to reapply some how the wait had to do with the severance. I got a job working 11 hours a week. When my 4 months was up I reapplied 10 week past I called everyday for a week they expidited my file to the top and denied my claim. I immediately appealed it the very next day. I spoke with the appeals department witch informed me that working 11 hours a week is why I was denied. I’m going to follow thru with the appeal,for this does not look right at all

    • Depending on when you lost your first job and then the part-time job – and how long you’ve worked that part-time time – it is possible now, because of the passage of time, you no longer have enough wages in the base period to support a claim.

      Further, NC has made extreme revisions to its unemployment program. Know that NC now pays a maximum benefit of $350/wk for only 13 weeks. It is possible that (1) an 11-hr week job is not considered qualified employment under NC’s statutes so the loss of that job does not qualify for benefits, or (2) wages from that part-time job diluted the wages remaining in your base period below NC’s “average weekly insured wage.”

      Per NC:

      2. You must have been paid wages totaling at least six times the average weekly insured wage during your base period.

      You may need to consult a NC unemployment atty. It is quite probable the part-time job voided your chances for benefits.

      There are many, many reasons not to take an inferior part-time job after the loss of a good full-time job. In NC, it appears a job such as the one you had is one of them.

  • Brain

    Someone recieved benifits for 13 weeks nov 2015- jan 2016 exhaused benifits went back to work for same temp agency in april became unemployed again in October. Unemployment said ineligible to file again until nov 19 . Would that person still be eligible for benefits

  • Unknown

    I was let go in Jan 2016 due to a personal medical condition and my 12 weeks of FMLA had expired. My company gave me 7 months salary which covered me until Aug 31, 2016. I am now physically able to work (with some minor restrictions) and plan to file for unemployment since my severance has run out (it was paid to me in lump sum). Due to the timing in the year with all the holidays, etc can I still receive unemployment if I receive an offer of employment but they don’t want me to start until the first of the year. Also, if I can continue to receive benefits Do I have to continue applying to other job postings?

    • Your original question was answered at post #24 on this page. You are eligible for benefits for every week you are unemployed regardless of any future ‘job offer.’ The only time you cannot collect benefits is if you are working full-time. Until that happens, you are eligible. Apply for benefits, now.

      • Unknown

        Thank you for helping me. I think I have a better understanding of the process. I just want to clarify one thing. Let’s say I accept the job (but starting in Jan), do I still have to apply to other jobs or can I just receive benefits until the job starts. (I believe they require you to apply to at least 5 jobs per week while you are receiving benefits)

  • Nancy

    So I was recently notified that my position is being eliminated as part of a restructuring of the company I work for. My last day is on Friday, 11.11.16. On that date, I will receive from the company a packet which includes some sort of release letter that I must sign in order to be able to receive severance money, which is to equal one week of pay for each year I was employed by them. I estimate this to be about 10 or 11 weeks worth of pay. I don’t know when I will actually be paid the severance.

    In any event, I plan on filing for unemployment benefits. Should I do this immediately after 11.11.16, or should I wait until after I have received the severance money?

    • File immediately in order to preserve earnings in the LAG for a future claim a year from now if you need it. You will need to have worked between now and then to utilize that LAG, however. But the larger the LAG, the better a possible future claim, so file now. There is no downside to filing now, but if you delay, you will lose a quarter of earnings – and a second claim may not be possible.

  • i have been unemployed since august but i started filing september 4th, ive been filing every week ever since, and i still havent recieved anything yet. they say “there is an issue on my claim pending an eligibility ruling”. but they also say to keep filing every week..i dont understand, can someone explain this to me please?

  • Mel

    My 13 weeks of benefits is running out however I have not been able to find a new job what options do I have

  • Diane

    I worked for a company for 20 years and the entire department was let go. I applied for another job and got it. I have not told them “yes” yet. If I take it and do not like it (the hours are 4:30am) and I leave after only a short time, will I forfeit any chance for unemployment?

    • You can’t quit a job without good reason and get benefits – especially in NC. Some states allow a “try me” period, but NC has become so draconian in its view of unemployment, it would be very risky to take this job and then quit unless you had a really good reason – wages, hours, duties, not what was promised. That said, bear in mind, NC is now paying benefits for only 13 weeks, the maximum benefit is $350/week. If you have not yet applied for benefits, you don’t need to report this job refusal. If you have already applied for benefits, then you need to report this job refusal and have a good reason for doing so.

  • Nick Cassidy

    Hello. I was given an separation paper and let go suddenly from my job with no exact explanation. I applied for unemployment benefits three weeks ago and haven’t received a determination letter yet. Last i heard from a representative was that they are waiting on my former employer to respond. My employer response due date was this past monday. Any help with this?

    • Three-four weeks is normal processing time in most states before a claim is approved and benefits are paid. The states ultimately will approve benefits if employer fails to respond, but often that can take a while. A good way to get NC moving on your claim – with or without an employer response – is to EMAIL your state representative, who will contact NC and get your claim approved and benefits paid. Find your state representative, here:

      This is an excellent method for getting the states off the mark when claims are stalled. Most reps respond to their constituents on this issue, usually within a matter of hours. Good luck.

  • Diana

    If I am receiving a weekly severance, do I need to wait until that is finished before applying for unemployment in NC? I know some states can “double dip.” Thank you.

    • If you are receiving weekly severance, NC will not pay benefits if the severance is equal to your unemployment benefit. That said, you should apply before year-end to keep as much of your wages in your base period as possible.

  • Joe Dunford

    I will be 66 in March, 2017. I have worked in NC since 9/2014 and the company may very likely downsize after the first of the new year. I was planning on filing for social security when eligible in March, but I was wondering if my NC unemployment benefits would be affected in the event I was let go and filed a claim.

  • This really answered my problem, thank you!

  • Mike

    I was laid off from contract position on 9/15/2016. Filed for unemployment benefits the following week. After 2 weeks I heard back that I would receive something in the mail. Now 10 days have passed and have not received mailing. Have neither been approved or denied benefits. I have been filing weekly that I have actively been pursuing employment each week on Sunday, but have not received any information. How long does it take to receive benefits after filing. And how do I know if benefits have been denied and whether I will need to appeal.

  • Anon

    I was hired for a contract position through a temp agency and I was given a end date for my assignment.
    The position ended and I filed for UI, I was denied because the temp agency said I voluntary resigned because I didn’t check in with them after my assignment ended.
    Do I have grounds for an appeal?

    • Temp agencies always call job completion a quit if you don’t continue to contact them and ask for work. If you can’t prove you did in fact call, email temp agency several times beginning three days after the end of the job, no, you will get nowhere in NC – or any other state, for that matter. Read this:

      “Once you accept an assignment with a temp agency you are obligated to check with them for additional work upon completing each assignment before reactivating your Unemployment Insurance claim. By law, failure to contact them for additional assignments is considered “quitting” and can be disqualifying.”

  • lahoma Elaine Boyles

    I have been working at vintage inn as a housekeeper for a year and one month so as of this year they have cut back on the housekeepers hours that means they took away our sundays. Some are getting 4 days a week but me im getting 2 to 3 days a week that average up to 32 hours so am i entitled to unemployment?

  • Christian

    I was the practice manager of a medical practice for a little more than 3 months. I was abruptly fired because “we feel you’re not a good fit.” Since I was there just a little more than three months, can I still file? I was let go with no fault of my own.

    I was at my previous employer for the same type of position for almost two years just before taking this last position.

    • You certainly should file for benefits. NC will review your base earnings April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016, which should provide more than sufficient earnings for a benefit. NC will investigate reasons for your separation, probably want an interview and then query your employer. Provided employer doesn’t accuse you of misconduct, you should be granted a claim. Know that NC now pays no more than $350/wk for no more than 13 weeks. Good luck.

      • Christian

        Thanks for the response. I have waited to file as I have been applying and interviewed last week. Having never applied for unemployment before, I’ve been reluctant to apply as though there is some stigma. But I’ve come to the conclusion that after many years of work in high paying position, I’ve paid a lot in taxes and unemployment tax to not worry about it.

        I’m going to apply and use this time to work on me and spruce up my skills.

        Take care.

  • Good Day. I currently work for the state of NC Division of Public Health. I work as a temp employee through Temporary Solutions. My situation is unique in that I work home-based in the Florida. I have been working home-based for over a year and a half on a part-time basis. I am told my assignment will be up August 31, 2016. My question is where do I apply for unemployment benefits – through North Carolina? I reside here in Florida and plan to look for work in Florida once my assignment runs out. Since I worked for State of NC – would I qualify to get benefits through the State of NC. Can I apply online?

  • Anonymous

    If I am given a “light duty” note from after surgery, however, my boss refuses to put me to work until full duty, can I receive unemployment?

    • Yours is a gray area only determined by investigation of the circumstances, so it is difficult to say if NC will grant benefits. You won’t know until you apply. Of course, you risk angering your employer in the process. Your employer is within its rights to discharge you for any reason unless you are within an FMLA period. If discharged, generally, you would receive benefits if no misconduct is proved, but in NC weeks paid now are down to 13.

  • Tatiana

    What is the maximum time to be able to collected unemployment in North Carolina?

  • Ashley Martinez

    Hi, today was my 1st day at work for a cellular company. Since I am bilingual they offered to pay me more and gave me full time hours. Everything was perfect, my manager said I was learning faster then other employees.

    That afternoon the son of the owner came into the store to drop off some merchandise to sell. Immediately he started hounding me with questions, who I was, where did I work before, why did I leave my previous job.

    It got to the point were my customers and employees felt the tension in the air, and at one point he told me to stand up out of my seat when being talked to. It was almost like people were waiting for him to just hit me.

    I stood my ground and answered every question politely and respectfully but I believe that only mad him more upset. He asked me for my full name, then walked out. Later on at closing my store manager pulled me aside to tell me that her boss thought it was best that I don’t come back to work, she paid me in cash tonight.


    • Absolutely, file for benefits. Depending on why you quit your other job, NC may grant the claim, although you may need to appeal to get benefits. You should also, absolutely, file a complaint with the United States EEOC. Clearly, this is a discrimination issue.

  • Ginny

    I had worked for 5 years with a company in NC. I took a new job closer to home in April and was told today my last day will be Friday as they are cutting back. Am I eligible for unemployment?

  • Unknown

    I have had some major medical issues and after several months on FMLA/leave of absence my employer and I discussed parting ways due to my medical issue and absences, it was in both our interests to part ways. They gave me a generous severance package that covered me for 7 months. My severance will cover me for another month, however, I’ve spent the last month in the hospital and am facing at least 3 months recovery. When my severance runs out, can I file for unemployment even though I’ll still be recouperating? Do I have any other options? My LTD was not included in the severance package.

    • You should file for unemployment before the end of the June so that you don’t lose any more wages in your base period. NC will use wages earned Jan. 2015-Dec. 2015. If you wait until July or later, you may not have enough quarters of earnings on which to base a claim. NC can establish the claim – and you can begin to collect benefits when you are recovered and Able and Available to search for and accept work. You will need to provide medical documentation to NC.

      • Kate

        I’m an attorney. Often, as part of a severance package, one agrees to forgo seeking unemployment benefits. I don’t do labor law but this may come up.

        • Agreement between employer and employee not to apply for unemployment benefits is unenforceable, as state law mandates benefits and the state is not a party to this agreement. Many employers have tried this carrot and stick method and are always overrridden by the state.

  • dorothy russ

    I am losing my job because of Kmart closing. I draw social security, can I draw unemployment as well?

  • Jon

    This is my 5th week and im still waiting for my UI benefits, they told me it may take up to 7 weeks!!!!! this is outrageous, when i lived in Ohio back in 2009 it only took about 2 weeks to begin receiving UI benefits. They are doing this purposely to force the newly unemployed into taking any low wage part time junk job they can find in this Obama depression economy. its unbelievable that the McCrory administration would try to balance the states budget on the backs of the poor and unemployed. They must not really want to get re-elected. I voted for the sob in 2012 but i sure as hell wont make mistake twice and the dems are clueless as hell also. im gonna have to go 3rd party. never thought id say that but this is criminal really. The poor should come together and file a class action lawsuit against the NC state government for obstruction against helping the less fortunate of this failed state.

  • Kiefer VanMunch

    Will the North Carolina UC office make me refund any unemployment monies paid to me for past weeks if I did not look for the minimum five jobs in each of the weeks claimed?

  • Patrick

    My wife and I had our first child last year and she had to work part time(nights and weekends)because of the cost of childcare.She was quietly pushed to the side and not put on the schedules.She quit do to no work.Even though she quit would she be able to receive benefits.Also she is a full time student in collage (online).

    • When an employer no longer schedules an employee, the employer has effectively discharged that employee. Yes, she should file for benefits. Her online schooling should not be a problem if her class schedule is such that she is able to search for and accept other full-time work.

  • Susan

    I have been out of work since March 2015, LTD stopped in July, the company just terminated me because they couldn’t find a job with my restrictions. Have been on a “Leave of Absence” during that time because my benefits ran out. I can be rehired by this company if my situation changes. Can I apply for unemployment? I can work just need a low stress job. I have PTSD.

    • Yes, you have been discharged. Reason – discharged while on medical leave of absence. You will also need to prove medically you are Able & Available for other work, just not the work you previously had.

  • Sandy

    I was fired for being “tardy” however; My manager has given us grace periods a under 10 minutes & as Long as we call. So I always stayed under that time – now that we are down to one register, and told to only clock in our departments. I couldn’t always clock in on time, but, I would always tell my manager, “I am here I just can’t clock in. As soon as the register is available.” I will clock in. They fired me for being 6 minutes late & an hour late another day (because I had a fire in my building), which I called about. Not my fault. All happened in a months time.

    • File for benefits. Expect a denial. You will need to appeal. At the appeal hearing you can present the exact circumstances which led to your clocking in late. If you are credible, NC should grant benefits.

  • Dee lee

    I owe unemployment 300$ can I file agin

  • kenny

    Just terminated from my job of 14years.
    I have never been written up in my 14 year career from anyone complaining about my services.On my first complaint from on of my accounts i was given a final warning so on my my next complaint they terminated me.i just dont think it was fair when other people have had thw same anyone think this will affect my unemployment benefits.

    • Most certainly this will affect your benefits – especially in NC. If the 2nd occurrence took place so soon after the first warning, there is a chance you might win benefits on appeal. Employer will no doubt cite misconduct/poor performance – but employer also needs to prove you intentionally made these errors. Expect a denial which you will need to appeal.

  • Marie

    I was terminated from my job as a result of my position being cut out. I was not offered another position within the company. I was let go on a Wednesday and filed my claim that day. Am i required to call in and do the weekly certification that same Sunday or do I wait until the next week, once I am out of work for a whole week? One of the questions on the certification asks if you worked during the week and the amount of money you made.

    • Bri

      In North Carolina, you are able to receive benefits for weeks in which you were unemployed and filed a weekly benefit claim. The earliest you may answer the weekly certification questions on the website is each
      Sunday. The questions you answer cover the prior seven day period Sunday through Saturday. If you spent less than three days working, you are considered to have been either partially or totally unemployed. We are not experts on North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance program, however, based off of their website, it is probably in your best interest to file your first weekly benefit claim this upcoming sunday. Source

  • Shane

    I applied for unemployment and have been waiting a month for a decision. Was fired from my last job for tardiness. I found a job and began working last week and filed it on the weekly certification like I was supposed to.

    What happens if I get approved for unemployment since I started working again? Will they back pay me for the time I was out of work?

    • Bri

      Shane if you were fired from your job through no fault of your own, then you might qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. However, because you were fired as a result of being tardy, that means you were fired through your own faults, thereby disqualifying you from unemployment insurance. It’s doubtful you will receive any compensation for the time you spent between these two jobs. Please keep us updated, as it would be really surprising should you receive a letter of determination that deems you eligible. Thanks for the message, and best of luck!

  • Brenda

    Wanted to know if you can get benefits if you have to quit your job due to employer changing job duties to impossible terms? Such as work 7 days a week,8-10 hours or more every day. Plus lots more.

    • Absolutely, because employer has made a substantial change to the terms of your employment, plus the hours you cite should be in violation of federal labor law standards, and possibly those of NC. By all means apply. Chances are you will be denied and need to appeal to win benefits.

  • Dejah

    I live in Arden, NC and now both parents are unable to care for themselves. I have a temporary job and have to relocate to Kinston, NC to care for them. There is no one else & I have to move there in October be cousin that is there has to go back to work in another state. Will I be able to get my unemployment benefits.

    • You may be able to get benefits from NC if you can prove compelling circumstances. But, even if NC grants benefits – which is a big ask – NC will require that you still be Able and Available – that is you are searching for and able to accept full-time work in your new location. If your caregiving duties don’t allow for A&A, then NC will not pay benefits.

  • Mary

    Who determines how long you can receive benefits, especially when you have searched for jobs, gone to interviews and been turned down because you were either over qualified or you don’t have the proper credentials for the jobs you are applying for. I have applied for numerous jobs and now I have been told I have exhausted my benefits after only 15 weeks.

    • The State of NC determines the number of weeks for which benefits are paid-. NC made drastic cuts to its unemployment benefit program during the recession substantially reducing the $$ amount of maximum benefit paid as well as number of weeks paid, and further reduced the maximum number of weeks paid a second time, a few years later – which is why your benefits are exhausted at 15 weeks. The majority of states pay at least 26 weeks benefits. MA pays 30. If you are not happy with governance of your state, elect a new governor and legislators. GOP governed states have been cutting back on their UE benefits, but NC is the worst – by far – and has been for a number of years.

  • chris

    I just got let go because boss says my work is shotty..i do autobody repair and have 33 years experiance 2nd to none in the field…its because the new writer…MEXICAN…does not like me and has had it in for me aince hea been there..i had a come back because a new head light was not working and i accidently scratched a car i was working on…2 re do s in 2 years and now my work is not up to par…im wanting to file unemployment on this company but ive never filed in my life and dont know where to start…i have a winner here and i know it …should i get a lawyer …or go on my own

  • I had verbally turned in my notice and was ask to give them 30 days so they could find a replacement. About a week or 2 afterwards, my employer came to me with a pay rate increase to stay. We mutally decided at that time ok. Then on the last day of the month, I was called into the GM’s office, given a thanks for prior work done well and told I would be paid through the next pay period and give a 500 severance for helping them through the month of notice. I was also given a letter for recommendation for my work excellent ethic and dependability at that time to use to help me get another job. I was floored that I was let go and lied to after the mutual agreement to stay. After about 6 or 7 weeks I was awarded unemployment benefits and paid back to the when I filed my initial claim. Now the ex employer has appealed the decision. I have since filing, found another job and cannot take a hour of work time to do a telephone interview for this appeal. I do not know what to do. My ex employer is a cheat and a liar and I feel this is unjustified and need guidance as what to do next. I did send a request to postpone the interview, but have been reissued another date and time which again, I have another job and cannot take this phone interview during my hours I am at work and do not want to jeopardize my new employment because of it. Please, any advice is greatly appreciated.

    • chris

      Take the hour for a lunch break…god …u do get lunch ?

    • You have to appear or you will lose benefits and need to repay what you’ve already received. NC will not give you the benefit of the doubt on this. Tell employer dr. appt., family emergency, something.

    • Yojana

      The best move to do in this case is to find a lawyer to represent you. It would proceed smoothly and give you guidance. From my own experience, I was given benefits to later get an appeal from my former employer, and without a lawyer to gide me I would have probably ended paying back the benefits. Lawyer cost $400, but it was worth it.

  • They said i was overpaid & i want to know why, I faxed my information, thank you.

  • I have been receiving unemployment for a month now. This week however, I receive my last paycheck from y job I haven’t worked in over a month. Can I still claim unemployment for this month, since I am searching for work, and haven’t worked this week?

    • You file a claim for benefits for any week in which you haven’t worked full-time. If you’ve worked part-time, you still file a claim, report your gross earnings for that week and NC will pay you a partial benefit.

  • Could I collect unemployment benefits if I moved from p.a. To n.c.?

    • If you are eligible for benefits in PA, you can live anywhere in US and still collect benefits from PA. You can’t just quit your job, however, without good reason. Just because you want to move is not a good reason.

  • Can i apply for unemployment after being laid off after one week.

    • Of course. Whether or not you receive benefits will depend on amount of wages in your base period going back 18 months, the circumstances of why you left your other employer, and the circumstances of your current separation.

  • Job was terminated with out any explanation or any chance for me to explain

  • How do I owe money???? Why does it say I have a overpayment???

    • mysti – did you receive your answer?

    • Overpayments result when you have claimed benefits while working and fail to report those earnings. Overpayments can also occur if you are granted and paid benefits, and then later those benefits are rescinded if employer appeals. Without more detail on your situation, it isn’t possible to conjecture.

  • I have applied for nc unemployment was denied now live in nj never got a determination letter need something to show new jersey I applied in nc for north Carolina, nothing went to a lawyer, who told me to write to commissioner of unemployment cert and regular letter. Please send something through e-mail so I can show nj I filed.

  • I need to know if I can collect unemployment for my employment.

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