• Changes in UI system hurting workers and communities

    North Carolinians who lost their jobs through no fault of their own stand less chance of collecting unemployment insurance or replacing prior wages than before changes were made to the system in 2013. Learn more »
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    The economic downturn affected nearly all workers in N.C.Those hard hit by unemployment faced struggles to make ends meet and find work in a jobless recovery. The broader economy has suffered, too, as small businesses see a decline in demand for their goods and services.

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  • Your Voice, Your Vote: Unemployment Insurance »
    Learn about how best to ask 2016 candidates on what they intend to do about Unemployment Insurance. How will they reduce the harm that is being done to jobless workers with cuts made to unemployment insurance in 2013?

    Tell the North Carolina General Assembly that they must rebalance the unemployment insurance system so that it supports families and communities with too few jobs to ensure that all can work. Take action today! ».

  • The Legacy of House Bill 4
    House Bill 4 dramatically reduced the capacity of Unemployment Insurance to help unemployed North Carolina workers Learn more here ».

North Carolina’s unemployment insurance debt has been paid off. It is now time to re-balance the approach to providing unemployment insurance in North Carolina so that it can serve both jobless workers and stabilize local economies.

Despite an economic recovery seven years in the making there are still more jobless workers than available jobs in the majority of North Carolina counties and more jobless workers than there were before the recession started.

The economy needs a strengthened unemployment insurance system to ensure that jobless workers stay connected to the labor market and can meet their basic needs while they seek work. It is this ability to make basic purchases that supports local businesses and stabilizes local economies. And yet policymakers in North Carolina implemented radical changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that have undermined its effectiveness. They slashed benefit amounts and duration of benefits while failing to recognize the critical alignment that is necessary between the design of the system and broader economic conditions.

The I am a Tar Heel Worker campaign calls on North Carolina’s policymakers to:

  1. Re-balance the state’s unemployment insurance system so that it serves its purpose as an insurance system for the broader economy.
  2. Address the financing of the unemployment insurance trust fund so that the system is funded in good times and able to support the economy in downturns.