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Parade of Horribles, Part 5: From the Middle of the Pack All the Way to the Back

This morning, a bill to overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system will be heard in the House Finance Committee. ¬†Fundamental toRUNNER-MEME-DRAFT-13-cropped-final1-300x243 the argument for the radical overhaul of the system is that our program is out of line with the systems in other states.

A review of state programs, however, shows that North Carolina’s program is currently in the middle of the pack. The overhaul will move us to the back of the pack on many measures, and on others completely off the charts.

The temporary wage replacement for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own helps workers and their families meet their basic needs and stabilizes the economy. North Carolina currently has the 5th highest unemployment rate in the country. Now is not the time to push our program to the back of the pack. Take a look at the facts [3]. Take action here [4].