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.