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Important Alert: The Division of Employment Security has begun mailing letters to claimants who received their FIRST unemployment benefit payment on or after March 1, 2014. These letters will inform claimants of a mandatory in-person interview, known as an Employability Assessment Interview (EAI). For more information on these interviews, click here.

Important Information Concerning 1099s
DES has completed the mailing of all 1099s. 1099s are also available online here. You need this 1099 because your unemployment benefits are taxable and you should include the unemployment insurance payments you received on your federal and state tax filing form.

Are you properly searching for work to remain eligible for unemployment benefits? Click here for more information.

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For more information on Voluntary Tax Contribution by Employers, please visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Alert! Holiday Reminder: On Friday, April 18th, the DES will be closed due to the state holiday observance of Good Friday. Claims can be filed continuously through the weekend and processing of claims will resume on Sunday, April 20th.

There is currently no extension of federal unemployment benefits available. We will update our website if something changes. At this time, the maximum number of weeks someone is eligible for unemployment benefits in North Carolina is 19.

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