No. 5 Most-Read Story of 2020: A guide to unemployment amid record jobless claims

The NC Department of Commerce website tells those filing unemployment benefits it will take 14 days to receive payment, but it is still “awaiting guidance for issuing those payments” from the federal government. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — As part of our countdown to 2021, Port City Daily is revisiting some of its biggest stories of 2020.

Coming in fifth is a breakdown on how to navigate the state’s unemployment system, published as hundreds of thousands of people were temporarily unemployed, awaiting benefits.

According to N.C. Department of Employment Security data Monday, more than 1.38 million North Carolinians applied for benefits since March. A majority (68%) were eligible, with 935,000 claimants paid.


The state has doled out in excess of $9 billion in unemployment benefits since the pandemic began.

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