Unemployment Insurance COVID-19 Response Project
Need Help Understanding Your Unemployment Insurance Claim?
Thousands of North Carolinians have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and are seeking financial assistance through the state’s Unemployment Insurance Program.
The overwhelming volume of applications paired with implementing new assistance programs under the federal CARES Act has caused significant delays, making the process more confusing for applicants trying to apply.
The Unemployment Insurance COVID-19 Response Project helps people who have lost work due to COVID-19 understand their eligibility and navigate the application process to receive unemployment benefits.
While Advocacy Center staff cannot help applicants fill out the necessary paperwork, they can answer questions about the process.
How to apply for unemployment benefits:
- online at des.nc.gov
- by phone at 1-888-737-0259
Six Things to Know About COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits
- You should apply for unemployment benefits right away. You can apply online at des.nc.gov or by calling 1-888-737-0259. If you cannot get through, keep trying and document your attempts.
- Remember to fill out the weekly certifications online at des.nc.gov or by calling 1-888-372-3453 every week, even if your application has not been approved yet or you have been disqualified for benefits and have filed an appeal.
- If you are self-employed, haven’t worked recently, or you are applying for or receiving disability benefits you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are out of work or unable to work due to COVID-19. This includes parents who must stay home because their children are out of school.
- During this emergency, the amount of unemployment benefits has been increased by $300 per week through September 6, 2021. You can also receive the benefits for more weeks.
- Immigrants with work authorization may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, undocumented immigrants are not eligible.