Where can I apply for benefits?
Apply online at des.nc.gov or by phone 1-888-737-0259. The quickest way to apply is online.
Why can’t I get through to the NC Division of Employment Security (“DES”) by phone?
DES has a high volume of callers requiring assistance due to COVID-19. Document any attempts to contact DES by phone. DES is working to improve this issue.
I am a self-employed worker or independent contractor – can I apply for unemployment insurance?
Self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others who did not traditionally qualify for North Carolina unemployment insurance and were receiving unemployment benefits through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) will no longer be eligible for unemployment after September 4, 2021.
When should I submit weekly certifications?
Weekly certifications must be submitted on the DES website for every week you have filed for unemployment, including any weeks you are awaiting eligibility from DES. Failing to submit weekly certifications will delay benefit payment.
What does a “pending claim status” mean?
If your DES claim shows your claim is “pending” this means that DES is still assessing your eligibility for unemployment insurance. Continue to submit weekly certifications during this time.