FACTSHEET: NC’s unemployment insurance fails standards that make the program effective in insuring against deep, prolonged downturns

By Alexandra Forter Sirota
Director, Budget & Tax Center
October 2016

Unemployment insurance changes made in 2013 continue to play out poorly in communities across the state. Jobless workers have lost access to a system designed to provide temporary support while they seek new jobs, and communities facing significant job loss and persistently high unemployment have lost a stabilizing resource in their local economies.

A review of performance metrics collected by the U.S. Department of Labor for the Second Quarter of 20161 shows changes made to the state unemployment system in 2013 have led to a stark new reality. North Carolina’s unemployment insurance now reaches too few jobless workers for too short a time period and provides too little in payments to stabilize their spending in the economy.

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