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Unemployment

NC House taking up unemployment insurance fix

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An unemployment insurance package that would eliminate North Carolina's $2.6 billion debt to the federal government by cutting jobless benefits and raising business taxes remains on the fast track at the General Assembly. Full story...
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NC unemployment debt fix backed by House panel

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An unemployment insurance system overhaul for North Carolina has cleared its first hurdle early in the General Assembly as a House committee agreed to changes that would include cutting jobless benefits and raising employee taxes. Full story...
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NC unemployment issue galvanizes business group

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A business coalition says fixing North Carolina's indebted unemployment insurance system will bring more certainty to companies and encourage job growth. Full story...
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NC House speaker talks about 2013 session

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The leader of the North Carolina House says focusing on government efficiencies and fixing the state's indebted unemployment insurance system will free up money so businesses can create jobs and vulnerable citizens are cared for. Full story...
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Group: McCrory should try to live on $350 a week

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Advocates for the unemployed are calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $350 that lawmakers are considering. Full story...
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NC lawmaker wants benefit changes to start in July

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A North Carolina state legislator steering an unemployment insurance overhaul bill says the proposal would take effect in July, even though federal emergency jobless benefits for tens of thousands of people could be curtailed in the process. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate edges up in December

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video The state Commerce Department said Friday the rate was 9.2 percent in December, compared with 9.1 percent in November. That's down from 10.4 percent in December 2011. Full story...
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County unemployment rates show big drop in Pender since Nov. '11

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video Pender County has shown the biggest improvement over the last year. The unemployment rate has dropped 2.4 points percent drop over the course of a year to 10.0 percent. That tied with two other counties for the second biggest drop in the entire state since November 2011. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate drops slightly in November

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video North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November from a month earlier as the state gained nearly 35,000 new jobs. The state Commerce Department released figures Friday showing that the rate dropped to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent in October. Full story...
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End to benefits approaching for long-term unemployed

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videoStores are beginning to bustle with folks out Christmas shopping, but for thousands of people receiving unemployment benefits in our area, the biggest worry will soon be just keeping a roof over their heads. Full story...
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