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North Carolina independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning this Friday, April 24 at des.nc.gov. 

In the last month, more than 630,000 people have filed for unemployment insurance benefits in North Carolina, mostly due to the impacts of COVID-19.

In the past 24 hours, the Division of Employment Security has made more than $100 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments to North Carolinians receiving unemployment assistance, ahead of its timeline to begin FPUC payments by April 17. 

With more than half a million North Carolinians filing for unemployment in the past four weeks, Governor Roy Cooper has issued an executive order that will help streamline the processing of claims by lifting some of the requirements for employers to file attached claims on behalf of their employe

The Division of Employment Security is moving quickly to bring additional unemployment insurance benefits to North Carolinians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. DES has received official guidance from the U.S.

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is taking immediate actions to help people who are unable to work because of COVID-19.

Anson County, Carteret County, Chatham County, Northhampton County, Perquimans County, Richmond County, and Scotland County have been approved for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Hertford County has been approved for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Brunswick County and Halifax County have been approved for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.