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The Division of Employment Security works hard to help North Carolinians understand unemployment insurance and receive the benefits for which they are eligible.

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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Three N.C. Counties

Following a federal disaster declaration due to the effects of Tropical Storm Fred, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties. Individuals in these three counties have until October 10, 2021 to apply for DUA.

Workers in these counties who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Tropical Storm Fred may be eligible for unemployment benefits under the DUA program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits. Learn more.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits End Sept. 4, 2021

The week ending Sept. 4, 2021, is the last payable week for all federal pandemic unemployment programs in North Carolina. These programs include Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC).

  • Beginning Sept. 5, claimants may file their weekly certification for the week ending Sept. 4. If eligible, they will then receive payment for their last week of federal benefits.  
  • Benefits that are owed to eligible claimants for any weeks ending before Sept. 4 will be paid retroactively. DES will continue to review claims for eligibility and hear appeals. 
  • For weeks beginning after Sept. 4, 2021, state unemployment benefits will be the only benefits available in North Carolina. Most claimants who are currently receiving benefits will not be eligible after the federal programs end.

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