NC coronavirus-related jobless payments starting to go out

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – North Carolina’s governor says that the first coronavirus-related unemployment payments will be paid starting next week as the state is flooded with tens of thousands of claims.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement Sunday saying that the state has received approximately 270,000 claims in the past two weeks, most of them related to COVID-19 as businesses close or scale back.

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The state reported bout 22,000 claims on Saturday alone.

By comparison, the state received about 7,500 claims in the first two weeks of March.

The weekly certification must be completed through the individual’s online account at

For general questions about unemployment benefits in North Carolina during the COVID-19 crisis, contact the Division of Employment Security

Employees with questions about the application and benefits can read more about requirements and steps to get an unemployment benefit payment here:

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