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North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet North Carolina's eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in North Carolina during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

In order to establish your unemployment insurance claim, please visit Employment Security Commission (ESC) online work registration and unemployment insurance claim service:
If you have questions, please call: 919-733-7156
Or, if you are located in North Carolina, contact a field tax auditor through the nearest Job Service office:
For more information, please visit our web site at: