North Carolina Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, NC unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the North Carolina unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, NC unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the NC unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the North Carolina unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1-877-841-9617 NC Employment Security Commission Office North Carolina Unemployment Website

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# Cindy 2011-01-31 19:18
I have been out of work since oct '10 at a local hospital due to medical problems. I have used up my FMLA time and not getting a paycheck from the hospital. I have used up my short term disability and trying to get my long term started that I have been paying for for 36 yrs. Can I get any monies from the Social Security that I have been putting into for so many years.
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# Christian 2011-10-24 11:13
I had quit my job anywhere from 6 months to a year ago due to personal reason. Since then i have been looking for a job everyday. i was wondering if i would be able to draw unemployment until i find a job? Thank you
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# Dee 2013-03-06 15:59
No. You quit for PERSONAL reasons...nothing related to your last job. Therefore, your former employer is not liable to support you because of your personal lifestyle and options. Unemployment is NOT an entitlement like EBT and other social programs. The former employer pays for it. There is something out there for you. Keep looking,
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# Mandy 2011-12-27 09:04
I have been out of work since Sept. 27. My son was born on Oct. 5 and has some surgeries. I received paid maternity leave for 6 weeks and I am finishing my unpaid leave from FMLA on Dec. 30. My son will have more surgeries and I can't go back to work. Is there any kind of unemployment benefits I can receive?
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# Brittany 2012-01-09 01:21
I am moving to North Carolina in the near future and will not have a job right away. Can I apply for unemployment until I find a job?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 15:55
No. if you were collecting benefits from another state, you might still qualify from that state as long as you look for work. But you can't apply for benefits just because you are inconveniently unemployed. Quit trying to manipulate the system. Find a job and quit complaining.
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# Benson 2013-07-03 07:49
Dee, show some respect, these people are asking legitimate questions having little to no experience in claiming unemployment. YOU quit trying to mother these folks, they're not your responsibility nor your blood so keep the distasteful, ill mannered comments to yourself. I'm thinking you need to seek a job, or anything to take up your time, because you've obviously got plenty of it if you can afford to run your mouth like you are to strangers on here. I'm doing research for my uncle, and have a career and an education, I've concluded that this website's a joke. Yes I've got time to post this, I do believe I've earned it. Good luck everyone.
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# brittany 2012-03-16 16:26
I got fired from my job today bc of my stupidity i stole something am i eligible to receive unemployment?
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# #Greg 2012-12-29 16:44 u stole something
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# Kym 2012-03-18 13:38
I am in the state of North Carolina. Friday I was notified that my hours were being cut. I went from 60 scheduled hours a month to 10 hours per mont. Do I qualify for unemployment benifits?
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# Emily 2012-03-27 12:20
I was hired two weeks ago. Then I was called literally an hour before I was suppose to go in and told they no longer needed me, and I was not being fired because of anything I did. Now when I called to ask when and where I can pick up my paycheck they will not awnser my calls. Will I be able to recieve unemployment?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:03
No because you were there for only two weeks. As to the pay you are due from them, check to see if they did a direct deposit to your bank account. You can also look up the business on-line and if they have a human resources office, accounting office, payroll office...any of them and discuss your situation. Just tell them you are awaiting payment and would like to know how and when you will receive payment of wages earned.
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# David 2012-05-07 10:18
1) I get laid off, and I'm paid 6 months severance pay.
2) Six months passes, severance is used up and I apply for unenployment
3) I'm drawing an unemployment check an decide to start drawing a small pension, will the unemployement payments cease at that point even though I'm still seeking full time employement?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:06
They could be completely stopped or, possibly, the amount of your severance subtracted from what you were receiving weekly in it would be on a partial unemployment claim. Your benefits will certainly be reduced, regardless, if not stopped completely.
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# Jessica 2012-06-11 15:46
My company went to a computer generated system and got rid of my position as a part time cake decorator. They told me they only had a small selection of jobs available in other departments, all of them i would have to take a pay cut and go to all closing shifts, which i cannot do as a single mom. What are my rights in this situation, if i refuse to except the new position with pay cut will i be eligible for unemployment if they fire me?.
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:10
You might try applying for benefits with elimination of position as your was not your fault. I don't know if claiming you do not qualify for the other positions (because of your single mom situation, you wouldn't apply for them in the first place) that the company offered you would qualify you as eligible...especially since it would involve a pay cut. ....Give it a try...apply for benefits, talk to a consultant and see what happens. You did nothing wrong to lose your job.
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# bettye 2012-06-11 18:21
I work in the NC school system as an 85% Teacher Assistant. I will return to work in the fall but I will not receive a check during the summer break. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits for the two months school is out?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:13
No. Your employer should either have fund for the off-season months or, more than likely, you were made aware of the condition of no pay during summer months when you accepted the position. Don't try to work the system. As a teacher's assistant, you're setting a bad example, a bad role model.
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# Tara 2012-08-01 09:36 husband has a c-5 fracture and his employer has no STD plan or Fmla. He will be out for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. How do we go about collecting????
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# Lynne 2012-08-01 18:47
I have been on a medical leave of absence since 2010. I have exhausted vacation, sick days, Std, and Ltd. My employer will be terminating in Sept, 2012 due to medical reasons. My job is up two flights of stairs, no elevator and have been told I cannot return to work and especially to that job because I am unable to go up stairs. Can I apply for unemployment once my termination takes place?? I live in NC and my employer has not offered me another position in corporation.
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# grelyons 2012-09-25 10:12
can I claim unemployment benefits if I only work 24 hours this week?
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# matt 2012-10-05 11:22
Recently retired from the military, can I receive unemployment compensation?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:16
Hell no. You get your retirement benefits and your free health. What the hell more do you want? Quit trying to cheat the system designed for those of us in need. You are not in need...just in greed. And you represent this nation as retired military? What country were you serving and why?
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# Mike 2013-03-06 20:08
Actually... you can recieved unemployment after leaving the military. Doesn't matter if you EAS on your first tour or retire, your contract ends which qualifies you for unemployment in all glorious 50 states. Thousands of recently serperated service members do it each and every day.
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# AnonymousT 2013-03-23 19:08
Dee, you need to chill. There is no reason for you to be so rude when people are asking legitimate questions. Obviously, you aren't very educated, as you don't know how to properly answer question.
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# Yvonne 2013-06-09 22:34
Dee, what is your problem? First off, apparently you are not qualified or intelligent enough to answer these questions! Obviously from the correct response from Mike! You also have never seen a retirement check of retired military person I suspect. Most are not enough to live off of as an individual, much less with a family! As for free health care.......that is funny! Do you realize in order to get decent health benefits after retirement, retirees have to pay additional out of pocket? I am sure you didn't. Not to mention that veteran benefits are being cut everyday! Don't you dare question Matt's representation of this country that he has given many years of his life too!! Not to mention the fact that he gave those years, so you could hide behind your computer, and attempt to put people down with your snide, ignorant comments!
Congratulations Dee! You are capable of trying to bring people down that are probably already hurt because of a loss of a job, and have a bit of a broken spirit! I am sure most of who are hardworking, honest individuals that are trying to keep their head above water. My guess is that since you said "those of US in need" above, you have no job, and are not choosing to use your time wisely in looking for work. Working the system as you have said!! Or you have a job, and apparently do not have enough to do, so you choose to cheat your employer by using work hours to post on this message board. Seems very convenient that most are around 4pm. That last hour of work can be a long one(If not working, maybe the time you wake from your nap??) ! You do realize that cruising the net on work hours is just like stealing money out of your employers pocket?? I am sure there are lots of people who would take your position and actually work! I may be wrong about your situation, but I doubt it. How does it feel to have someone judge you, and call you a cheat?? Go to the ESC office and start giving your "advice". I feel certain that you will not be as vocal! It is a good thing you have a computer to hide behind you coward!

Matt, Thank you for your service and allowing us the right to post our comments freely, no matter how ignorant some can be!
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# James 2013-08-26 21:37 are an idiot! Plain and simple. Matt I know your pain. I just retired the 31st of July from the US Navy. I received a pay check on the 15th of July, expecting one more on the 1st of Aug, then my first retirement check on the 1st of Sept. Its the 26th of Aug and I still haven't received that last pay check as of today. So I went from roughly $5500 per month to nothing in over a month, and when I do get my retirement check its going to be around $1500. That's for twenty years of service with five tours to Afghanistan. My free medical benefits you talk about cost me $500 every three months, and my dental benefits for a family is $130 per month. So do the math Dee, stop being such an ASS. You probably have never put others before yourself. Yvonne, you are right on in your statements. Matt, thanks brother for your service to your country. I hope you get all that you are owed from the state of NC. I'm just so tired of people thinking that retiring from the military means RETIREMENT....its just a transition from one job to hopefully another one. Its just that the military one put you in the position to lose your life while deployed for idiots like Dee back home that could care less for you and your service.
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# Cecil 2012-10-18 17:11
Obama did git me no job. Hous an i sposed to gitme mi monies i did knot woke fo?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:19
It is not the President's responsibility to get you a job. It is yours. Like too many Americans you are expressing that you don't want to work but are willing to manipulate the system to steal from other Americans. Get off your ass, off your sofa and look for a job. Otherwise, have a good time starving.
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# Bubba j 2012-10-25 12:57
Im tired of working when I can get free money. Can I quit my job and get unemployment and food stamps?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:21 sound like your friend Cecil just before you...if you have nothing better to do with your time than mock those Americans truly in need and demonstrate the disgusting attitude of christian greed, then I wish you nothing but the worst.
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# smarter 2017-05-16 17:59
DEE pretty sure cecil was making fun of your ignorance.....but you probably wouldn't understand that either! Jokes on you, get a life. Do you DEE, you are obviously an angry woman.
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# Teresa 2012-10-29 08:06
I am in a situation where I was out on medical leave; required two back surgeries. Was out of work for 6 months, returned to work for approximately 6 weeks with accomodations to work from home (my job requires I travel 75% of the time); MD will not release me to travel. I am probably going to lose my job. I am able to work just not able to travel that extensively. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Sam 2012-11-08 19:41
I was laid off in June of 2010 due to injury. Once I was out for more then six months, the company was unable to hold my position. I was able to collect disability from that point until just recently, as I was injured on the job. However, the claim is now closed and I am unemployed. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:23
No. Find a job you can do...possibly working out of your home.
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# Patti 2012-11-09 09:46
My company is offering voluntary displacement. If I volunteer will I still qualify foe unemployment benefits and will it have any impact on the available benefits?

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# Charissa 2012-12-02 10:59
I am currently out of work on short term disability I receive a small monthly pay check from my employer do I qualify for any type of unemployment benefits?
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:25
No. It's just short term and the employer is already paying that disability for you. Quit trying to get more than you deserve.
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# Yvonne 2013-06-09 22:40
Dee, most employees pay into short term disability insurance through their job! The employer is not paying the disability for her, she has already paid for it! Another ignorant response!
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# Cal 2012-12-24 06:22
I would like to know if i can get employment benefits if im no longer working as a independant contractor...i worked as a independant contractor since May of 2010....i have worked other jobs before then but they only lasted 2 or 3 months each and i got laid off or i had to quite for personal reason.
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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:28
No, you do not. As an independent contractor, you would be paying your own unemployment.....the monies come from employers for whom you worked, not just a blanket state fund. Go find another job or reestablish your own business. Sounds like your main problem is being lazy.
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# Bernard 2013-01-06 19:50
I am currently out on short termed disability and hopefully longterrmed when short termed is over. Question can i draw unempolyment why on disability and if not why not.

I have been workng over 40 years and never received any assistance and now have a disease that prevents me from working at least for a while.

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# Dee 2013-03-06 16:34
No. Disability is what you get being unable now to work. Unemployment is a short-term solution for those who were disenfranchised from their jobs through no fault of their own and are currently physically able, available and seeking work. You are not and will not be. You are another person trying to milk the system for more than it owes you. Please be informed that when you reach the age of retirement and begin to collect SSI. your disability will also stop or be adjusted, but I do not believe you can collect two separate payments from SSI, one for retirement and one for disability.
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# Kate 2013-08-03 15:21
Wow, Dee, do you stalk this forum just so you can put people down and treat them like losers? Almost every single response you've given has been rude. There must be something better you can do with your time, no?

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# Alan 2013-03-20 12:58
My position at work is being scaled back in pay because of a decrease in business. The hours are not being scaled back, just the hourly rate. If I choose not to take a 36% pay cut for my position for no fault of mine, do I qualify?
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# Rick H 2013-04-13 13:20
I was offered a job in North Carolina. So I quit my job and moved out to Raleigh. After working 3 months I submitted my moving expense report. Two weeks later the owner tells me that I am not doing my job and nothing I have done has been to his standards (News to me!). I told him that I made a huge sacrifice to move out here, that I was committed to keep this position and would he give me a month. To my dismay, the owner hired another candidate and I was fired two weeks later. I have $12,000 in unpaid moving expenses and have no income. WHAT CAN I DO?
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# Iris 2013-04-19 15:06
I am 8 months pregnant and getting ready to go take leave from my job. My company does not offer maternity leave or short term disability. Would I be eligible for unemployment or short disability?
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# april 2013-04-22 15:40
I worked at walmart from Oct 2012-Jan 2013 i quit because i got a better job at carolina container i worked there from Feb 2013-april 2013 and they fired me without giving me a reson do i qualify for unemployment?
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# Anonymous1 2013-05-02 14:42
Dee...are you qualified to be answering these people's questions? Also, WHO are YOU to judge if someone is lazy or cheating the system??? I'm not saying that there aren't people like that out there, but some of these people are asking legitimate questions and you are being an A-hole!!!!

You probably do work for the state, actually. Your mentality and attitude give it away. Please retract my very first sentence/question.
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# ToddE 2013-05-09 21:06
I have been working through a temp service for 3 months have logged nearly 630 hours in this short time . The busy season is over in the job I do and was informed today layoffs will start tomorrow for most while my job is safe for about 4 more weeks. Will I be able to get esc benefits ? Thanks in advance
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# Mac 2013-05-11 14:36
I have waited 7 months to file for unemployment? I know I could have got it right after getting separated from my job but I had some personal things come up. Am I still eligible?
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# Guy 2013-06-10 19:08
Just received a notice of layoff. I have been collecting an early retirement check for about the last 15 years. Will I still be eligible for unemployment?
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# stephanie 2013-06-11 19:49
i was hired as part time and was getting 20-25 hours now all i am getting is 5-10 a week am i eligable
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# Jamee 2013-07-06 01:38
I was in the army. And was honorably discharged with a chapter 8 due to pregnancy, I'm due in September. Would I be eligible for unemployment? Or disability?
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# dclatte 2013-07-27 12:08
I worked as a contract employee for a non-profit for 2 years. They did not renew my contract for the third year, through no fault of my own. I looked for full time work and started working full time in February. I was laid off 6 months later because the expectations of the role changed and I was no longer a good fit. I started to look for a new job because I knew that I was not going to be a good fit for my employer long term based on the direction they were heading in. Can I apply for unemployment? I am still looking for full time work.
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# Sharon 2013-08-04 21:05
We will be moving out of the state in 4 months. I have been teaching for 14 years. I let my job go because my principal said that it wouldn't be good to start teaching at the beginning of the school year and have to quit in the middle of the year. I am looking for another job right now, but not in the school system. Will I be able to apply for unemployment until we move?
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