IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:

Even if you did not qualify for unemployment payments before, you now can apply. It can take some time, since millions are applying, but do not hesitate to try and file. If you are no longer working due to the virus, answer “YES” when it asks about your looking for work.

When it asks for the reason for separation from your job, just fill in “coronavirus.”

Helpful Links

General Informationhttps://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information/covid-19-information-individuals#filing-for-unemployment-insurance-due-to-covid-19

Online Help: https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information/online-account-help

To File for Unemployment: https://fed.des.nc.gov/ofis/citizen/pages/public/SelfRegStart.aspx
(You must establish an account if you do not already have one.)

If you need to call, try this number (but expect a wait time): 888-737-1296.