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NC Unemployment Insurance Information Update

April 27, 2020 MARION NC—The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is providing the following guidance to help people understand the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus on unemployment insurance benefits. 

Before you file a claim …

  • The fastest and most efficient way to apply for unemployment benefits is to create an online account and file online at  
  • If you’re temporarily out of work or your working hours have been reduced due to COVID-19, choose ‘coronavirus’ as your reason for separation when filing your claim.
  • Remember, you must complete a Weekly Certification for every week you are filing for benefits. Sign in to your online account to complete your Weekly Certifications.
  • Your eligibility and amount of benefits cannot be determined until after you file your claim.
  • If there are no issues, people typically receive payment within about 14 days of filing their initial claim.

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