Unemployment Cliff

Business & Economy
8:34 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Fight Over Counsel For The Unemployed

This is the back door of the Division of Employment Security offices in Raleigh where attorneys can pick up copies of appeal hearing notices.
Credit Leoneda Inge

For ten years, North Carolina attorneys have had access to a daily list of unemployed workers who are scheduled for appeal hearings.   Most of these people had their unemployment claims denied and are appealing the decision. 

But last week, the Division of Employment Security said it would no longer provide a daily list of these hearings.  A Durham attorney is fighting back and has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Commerce and its employment division.

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Business & Economy
7:47 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Thousands In North Carolina Brace For 'Unemployment Cliff'

A man holding a poster at a 'Moral Monday" demonstration outside the NC Legislative Building in Raleigh.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on the so-called 'unemployment cliff,' when thousands of people in NC lose their extended unemployment benefits on June 30.

North Carolina’s “unemployment cliff” is fast approaching.  That’s what civil rights, religious and other advocacy groups call June 30, the last day tens of thousands of people across the state are eligible for extended benefits from the federal government.  There are last minute efforts underway to try to convince lawmakers to postpone the “cliff” until the end of the year.  But, so far, those efforts have been ignored.

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