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Extra unemployment benefits may not help those for the holidays

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Despite Congress signing a law extending unemployment benefits throughout the country, the extra help probably will not arrive in time for the holidays for people out of work in North Carolina.

Many people who have already seen their unemployment benefits expire may have thought they were getting an early Christmas present when Congress decided to extend the benefits. However, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission said it could be up to six weeks before anyone receives the payments.

A spokesperson for the North Carolina ESC said they still need time to figure out who is eligible for the additional benefits. The ESC plans to send out letters to people who need to reapply for the extension with in the next two weeks.

Some people, currently receiving unemployment benefits, will not have to apply for the extension.

“People buy things with these, make house payments and stuff like that. Certainly around the holiday times it means even more because certainly families want to take care of each other when it comes to normal holiday things,” said ESC spokesperson Larry Parker.

The ESC said people should continue filing their weekly certification with the local unemployment office. Those who receive the unemployment benefits will receive one lump sum payment retroactive to the week ending November 14th if they are eligible.

The unemployment benefit extension falls under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

In order for someone to move into another tier of unemployment benefits Congress will have to extend the program. They are expected to do that by the end of December to keep the benefits running smoothly.

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Despite Congress signing a law extending unemployment benefits throughout the country, the extra help probably will not arrive in time for the holidays for people out of work in North Carolina.

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