What does $290 mean to North Carolina families?
The “I am a Tarheel Worker” campaign has released a new infographic that puts Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits into perspective. The average weekly UI benefit is $290. This might seem like a substantial amount, but stacking the costs of the most basic needs like housing, food, health care and transportation next to $290, leaves families trying to meet their basic costs short by almost $600 per week (it takes $874 per week for family of three in North Carolina to afford the actual costs of basic needs). UI benefits are crucial to help families avoid financial disaster, but benefit levels remain too low to keep families from having to make difficult trade-offs when a job is lost. And when that happens, working families and the North Carolina economy struggle.