Future of $600 weekly jobless benefit in limbo as federal program expires, Republicans propose $200 payments
published 28.07.2020 09:00
Jennifer Caslin, marketing and project manager at the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina, said the Food Bank is gearing up as they expect reduced unemployment benefits to increase food insecurity.
Lelia Pedersen, a policy analyst at the North Carolina Center of Justice, said in a report this trend could be a result of the food service and hospitality industry being most impacted by unemployment claims.
In North Carolina, women accounted for nearly 59 percent of new unemployment claims in April.
Although preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows unemployment fell to 7.6 percent in North Carolina for the month of June, unemployment rates for Black and Hispanic adults remain high.
The maximum weekly pay from state unemployment insurance in North Carolina is $350 – for up to 12 weeks.