Head of NC unemployment agency quits

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The embattled head of North Carolina’s unemployment insurance agency says she’s resigning from her job.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Lynn Holmes has told employees of her decision to step down from the post effective April 15. The Associated Press obtained a copy of her e-mail Thursday to Division of Employment Security workers.

Holmes wrote she’s decided to pursue other opportunities.

She’s been criticized by Republican leaders at the Legislature for her management of the division, particularly when it was a stand-alone agency until last November.

A General Assembly committee took the unusual step of issuing a subpoena for her to testify in Janaury when she didn’t attend a panel meeting in December.

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