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Running the numbers on jobless workers

It’s been a bit tough to get an exact count of how many North Carolinians have been swept up in the standoff between GOP members of the state legislature and N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue about the state budget.

Yesterday, we ran this post about how the maximum number of jobless people going without their extended benefits could be up to 45,400, up from the 37,000 that initially caught up in the stalemate that began April 16.

Then, NC ESC Deputy Chairman David Clegg told the Associated Press later that afternoon the figure was 42,000 after a press conference was held by N.C. House and Senate Democrats.

Both figures are right, said ESC spokesman Larry Parker. The agency doesn’t have a firm head count of how many people are being affected, but estimate it’s somewhere between 42,000 and 45,000.

Each week that goes by, those numbers will go up by about 2,000, he said.

Saturday will mark the fifth week since the stalemate began.

3 Comments


  1. donna

    May 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t understand why the ACLU of NC or the NC Public Justice hasn’t filed a class action complaint in federal court for the 37,000 impacted. It would be a simple complaint, and there are many supreme court precedents to cite in support.

  2. Chris Manning

    May 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Please let go of us as your barganing tools. Just get something passes to help all these people!! I am 2 weeks from losing my home !!!

  3. Diana

    May 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    And these numbers do not take into account the 18 to 20,000 state employees who will lose their jobs as a result of this legislative session and most likely have to go on unemployment. That many people losing their jobs will most likely put the unemployment percentage over 10% again and these people will also qualify for the extended benefits in time. I know several people who are part of the 37,000 group and it is a sin what is being done to them all in the name of political posturing. My prayers go out to everyone in that group.

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