Since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, North Carolina has paid out more than $12 billion in unemployment benefits.
David Clegg, Deputy Chairman of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, says the state has borrowed $2.5 billion from the federal government over the last two years, to ensure that the weekly benefits are delivered in a timely fashion.
But as this week draws to a close, North Carolina must repay $78 million dollars in interest to the federal government on what it has borrowed thus far.
About 40 other states are in a similar position and are hoping that Congress will forgive the interest owed on the debt.
Clegg joins us on News & Views this weekend to discuss how the middle-class recession is reshaping North Carolina and the important role of unemployment benefits for local economies.