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Special Messages
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.

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.

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.

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

Latest State Unemployment Rates
3/28/2014 North Carolina’s February Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate of 6.7 percent. The national rate increased to 6.7 percent from January’s 6.6 percent.
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Latest County News Release
4/9/2014 North Carolina’s February County and Area Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in February, increased in four and remained the same in one. All 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.
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Previous State Unemployment Rates
Date Title
3/28/2014 opens a new browser window North Carolina’s February Employment Figures Released
3/17/2014 opens a new browser window North Carolina’s January Employment Figures Released
1/28/2014 opens a new browser window North Carolina’s December Employment Figures Released
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Previous County Unemployment Rates
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4/9/2014 opens a new browser window North Carolina’s February County and Area Employment Figures Released
3/21/2014 opens a new browser window North Carolina’s January County and Area Employment Figures Released
2/5/2014 opens a new browser window North Carolina’s December County and Area Employment Figures Released
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