Statement from the NC Justice Center on fraud within the unemployment insurance system

We commend North Carolina policymakers for their efforts to ensure that fraud is not tolerated within the unemployment insurance system. We are hopeful that this examination of the issue by the House Unemployment Fraud Task Force will be oriented towards evidence-based reforms that will guarantee that the unemployment insurance system functions effectively to provide crucial support to jobless workers during this slow economic recovery.

Maintaining an effective unemployment insurance system is critical to the family and community stability demanded by the state’s economic recovery. At a time when the state’s job deficit stands at more than half a million, and there are four unemployed worker for every available opening, there simply are not enough jobs out there for workers who are seeking employment. The unemployment insurance system is stabilizing the state’s economy at this critical time by ensuring that workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own can meet their most basic needs and continue to look for work.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Rowe, Director of Advocacy, NC Justice Center, bill@ncjustice.org, 919.856.2177