Increased Benefit Amount

Increased Benefit Amount

What is the COVID-19 Increased Benefit Amount (IBA)?

IBA was created by North Carolina’s HB 1105, Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0.

People who are eligible for the COVID-19 Increased Benefit Amount will receive a $50 increase in their weekly unemployment benefit amount starting with the benefit week that began on Sept. 6 through no later than the benefit week ending Dec. 26, 2020. 

When will IBA be paid?

DES is currently issuing payments for the Increased Benefit Amount to eligible unemployment claimants. 

People do not need to file a separate claim for IBA. Those who are eligible will automatically receive a $50 retroactive increase in their weekly unemployment benefit amount starting with the benefit week that began on Sept. 6 through no later than Dec. 26, 2020.

 Who is eligible for IBA?

  • People receiving state unemployment insurance benefits: Under the new state law, all claimants receiving state unemployment insurance benefits during the weeks of the IBA program will be eligible for the $50 Increased Benefit Amount. 
  • People receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Extended Benefits or Trade Readjustment Allowance: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if a claimant’s weekly benefit amount for state unemployment insurance was not increased before moving into one these federal programs, the claimant will not be eligible for the $50 Increased Benefit Amount. 
  • People receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, all claimants receiving federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance during the weeks of the IBA program will be eligible for the $50 Increased Benefit Amount, or their weekly benefit amount will be raised to the federally-set minimum for PUA, whichever is higher.