A new sliding scale would be created for minimum and maximum benefits based on the state's unemployment rate. In the best possible economy â¿¿ unemployment rates of 5.5 percent or less â¿¿ benefits would range from five to 12 weeks, for example. Benefit changes would apply starting next July 1 to the future unemployed.Lawmakers backing the plan say the benefit changes bring North Carolina's levels more in line with surrounding states. Cutting benefits will reduce the amount of money being paid out but it won't solve the real problem of people being out of work, said Bill Rowe, advocacy director at the North Carolina Justice Center. The state's unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in October.
NC Unemployment Plan Hits Business, Beneficiaries
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