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Locals react to NC unemployment benefit changes

Posted on: 7:16 pm, February 19, 2013, by , updated on: 07:19pm, February 19, 2013

For many people struggling to find work, $535 a week in unemployment benefits was hardly enough to keep food on their tables and gas in their cars.

“Living on unemployment benefits is hard enough. You have rent, gas, car payment, all of these different things,” said Catherine Medlock-Walton of Working America.

Now, they’ll have to stretch their budgets even more.

Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill on Tuesday, lowering the maximum amount anyone can receive from unemployment benefits from $535 to $350 a week starting July 1.

McCrory also changed the amount of time the unemployed can collect benefits from 26 weeks, to 12 to 20 weeks depending on the state’s unemployment rate.