NC’s unemployed could soon be required to step up their job hunt under bill advancing in House (video)

The NC House is one step away from passing a bill that would require unemployed workers to make five job inquiries a week (up from two) in order to receive jobless benefits.

Rep. Julia Howard told House members Thursday the legislation was intended to get jobless individuals “in the habit” of looking for employment.

But Rep. Yvonne Holley questioned whether Senate Bill 15 would have the unintended consequence of job seekers flooding employers with resumes, whether they were qualified or not, just to meet the higher standard.

Rep. Marilyn Avila suggested that the five job inquiry per week quota was certainly within reason for those truly looking to find work:

“If it’s an undue burden for somebody to make contact five days a week to find a job, is it going to be an undue burden five days a week to go to work?”

The state House could pass SB 15 on third reading Tuesday. Any changes to the legislation would need to be worked out with the Senate, which passed its version of the bill back in February.

Click below to watch a portion of Thursday’s floor debate:


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Sounds like a good plan. When I was job hunting earlier this year the requirements were pretty lax if you were actually wanting to become employed. I averaged at least twice the number of applications as required.

  2. Laurie

    August 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    As always, I want more information.

    As an employer, I do get those without requisite requirements applying for jobs explaining they know this, but have to meet a “quota.” They have not the ability to acquire the most modest of requirements of unencumbered drivers license to apply for some of our open positions. It does indeed tax our resources that could be better spent talking with folks who although didn’t have experience have the attitude and drive that we could train them up in our specialty.

    As an educated engineer who was once part of the workforce, I will say changing jobs isn’t about flooding with applications and the job securing process can take months, especially in areas of security clearances. And if you choose to stay in your area, your prospects are indeed extremely limited to match your skills (those that would accept you on a temp basis is there can exist and those come through as contract jobs, but proving 5 a week to secure those?)

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 15, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Agreed, applying for jobs when it is known that the qualifications are not met is not helpful. That is when you should be required work with your unemployment office to target jobs where qualifications are met, get more education, or find what qualificaitons the seeker does meet. Five contacts is still a pretty low bar at least for urban areas.

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