NC Budget and Tax Center

A Steep Fall for Families, the Economy

The implementation of legislation that was passed early in the session to overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance system will mean a steep fall for families and the economy when it takes effect on June 30th.  That is because not only are these changes to state benefits drastic, some of the benefit changes have meant North Carolina will be the only state where jobless workers won’t be able to access federal emergency unemployment benefits.  Counties across the state will be impacted as the map here shows.  So too will the larger economy, the loss of $600 million in federal unemployment benefits is estimated to result in $1.2 billion less in economic activity. BTC - EUC by County

2 Comments


  1. Doug

    June 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    You guys need to take some time to apply some logic to the argument. We cannot continue to pay rich benefits in perpetuity to an ever increasing population of people who are not incented to get a job. This change is for the long term to get us in line with most states in the union. Going down to $350 from the $535 takes us down from the level of the high cost states such as Massachusets, Rhode Island and NJ and more in line with states around us such as Tennessee and Virginia in the overall unemployment scheme. While we are still keeping a program that is difficult to afford, at least there is a pathway to paying back the billions we have had to borrow and flush down the drain.

  2. david esmay

    June 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Why is it that Rubepublicans never write bills that are intended to benefit society, rather than inflict more misery in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, or does all the NC GOTP’s legislation have to be a pointless reach around for their base.

    Rubepublicans can’t think, they are nothing more than biological machines, part of an automata, a cog in a machine who operates only on impulses and urges, incapable of empathy or rationalism.

    This condition renders them incapable of governing, they shouldn’t have an equal say because they lack empathy( they hate the poor, the unemployed, minorities, women, rape victims). They only have impulse urges,their disgust with gays and transgenders, acceptance of bullying, and simpleton belief systems, are prime examples

    The mere fact that people like Berger, Tillis, Stam, McCrory, Doug, etc., exist is proof there is no god. Any real god would periodically thin the herd to get rid of all the stupid animals.

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