Benefits to end for 18K unemployed in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. — About 18,000 long-term unemployed North Carolinians are expected to lose their unemployment benefits by early May due to the state’s declining unemployment rate.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that reported that the state expects to receive official notice from the U.S. Department of Labor, according to Larry Parker, a spokesman for the state’s Division of Employment Security.

“Usually when we get that notice it’s a two- to three-week timeframe that they (unemployed workers) have left,” he said, according to the paper.

The thousands currently receiving benefits have exhausted the 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits and are receiving extended federal benefits.

The paper reported that some may have been receiving unemployment benefits for more than 70 weeks.

Eligibility for the benefits is partly determined by the state’s unemployment rate.

North Carolina had a 9.7 unemployment rate in March, the lowest it has been in three years. The rate is still above the national average.

Read more: The News & Observer of Raleigh.