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State ending Extended Benefits Program as unemploment slides

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The decline in the state's unemployment numbers may be good news for some, but for others it means a loss of benefits.

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission has announced it will cut its Extended Benefits Program. The program paid out job seekers for 20 more weeks after their initial 79 weeks of unemployment benefits.

Many job-seekers receiving aid say their benefits are a huge help when no other money is coming into their household.

"It's normally less than what you are use to receiving from your employer, so it's very important that you get any help that you can," Shinita Taylor, who has received unemployment benefits, said

The benefits were cut because the program no longer meets government requirements due to the falling unemployment rate. The payments end April 16.

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