North Carolina

North Carolina workers who have been laid off through no fault of their own may be eligible for unemployment benefits. If you are not sure you qualify, you will be notified if you are denied, and can appeal the decision. The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina (NCESC) is the state agency that handles all unemployment-related information for eligible workers.

In order to be eligible to collect unemployment in the state of North Carolina, you must:

  •  Have become unemployed through no fault of your own
  •  Register to work with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission
  •  File a weekly claim for benefits
  •  Actively seek employment
  •  You must seek work in person on two different days with at least two employers
  •  Keep a written record of all work search contacts.

Before you file your unemployment claim, be sure you have your:

  •  Social Security number
  •  Registration number for former employers (this information can be found on your W-2)
  •  Names of all former employers over the past 12-18 months
  •  Dates worked for each employer
  •  Rate of pay for each job

There are three ways to apply for unemployment insurance benefits in the state of North Carolina.

  1. Online
  2. By telephone, by calling 1-877-841-9617
  3. In person, at any NESC office

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