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North Carolina Unemployment Weekly Claims

You may file for weekly claims either online or by telephone.

To file a weekly certification by telephone you must call 1-888-372-3453.

  • Claimants with odd number SSNs (Social Security Number) à Monday & Wednesday through Saturday,
  • Claimants with even number SSNs à Tuesday through Saturday

While claiming online, please remember to use the ‘logout’ button when you are finished using the NC DES website rather than closing the browser window. This will protect your personal information and is important if you are using a public computer, at a DES office or a library.

If you are having problems logging into the website, call 1-888-737-0259 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Note: Each application displays its own hours of availability which may differ from the above specified login availability times.

  • Monday – Friday – 2:00 A.M. – 12:00 Midnight ET
  • Saturday – 6:00 A.M. – 12:00 Midnight ET
  • Sunday – 12:00 Noon – 12:00 Midnight ET

Questions & Answers

  1. Mark Huntley says:

    Website that I go to for weeks to file claims now says certificate error and I can’t file my claim. What do I do?

  2. Timothy Bell says:

    Fired on December 15/2016.

  3. Timothy Bell says:

    Fired Dec 15 before I had to go in.

    • Martin says:

      If you were fired due to “Involuntary” reasons that was not a fault from your end, please consider applying for UI benefits.

  4. Timothy Bell says:

    I got fired from my job Dec 15/2016.

  5. Debbie Iannucci says:

    Is there a limit to the amount of money you can make weekly while on unemployment benefits? For example if I were to get a part time job and make $180 weekly to supplement my unemployment.

  6. Marilyn holguin says:

    I try to claim an week but don’t let me because I need to sing in on workforce in North Carolina. But I live in another state and I’m sing in for that state what I need to do. ?

    • Martin says:

      You can try applying over the phone.

      Please call the Customer Service for further information in this regard.

  7. LaDarius Bryant says:

    I was trying to file my weekly certification and I received a message that stated “You may not file a claim at this time, because our records show that your benefits have exhausted.” What does this mean?

    • Martin says:

      It means there are no benefit weeks left in your account. You seem to have claimed it all.

      Please speak to a claims representative for clarification.

  8. Ashley Helms says:

    I filed my weekly claim & 4 additional questions were added this week. I was told my claim was accepted but could not payout this week. I really need my benefits and believe I may have answered one of these questions incorrectly, as nothing has changed with my status. Please help.

  9. Jack Moore says:

    Last week when I went to work I was told that I was suspended for stealing time, I was sent home on Thursday and didn’t work Friday. I called Friday and they told me the person who makes the decisions was on vacation, I called my supervisor at 4:45 and he told me to come in Monday at 8:00 am, I did and I could not log in until 8:45 and I went to work. I went back to work Tuesday and they told me that they haven’t heard a thing about coming back and it is now Thursday and they keep telling me that they still haven’t heard a thing about my employment, I keep calling and they are still not telling me anything, what are my options here.

    • Martin says:

      Please chase until they convey the final decision.

      If they terminate your job wrongfully, you can claim UI benefits until you find another job.

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  11. Darrell Combs says:

    Why cant I file my weekly certification

  12. Kevin says:

    i did my weekly claim but i made a mistake and punch the wrong answer, now it says i wont get my check this week ,can i fix this problem?

  13. Roxann Kulas says:

    I was forced to resign from Cleveland County Schools because I failed out
    of bus driver training and they require you to have a bus driver’s license. Do I still qualify for unemployment benefits, I worked the entire 10 month school year?

  14. Nadean says:

    My last day of work was January 30th, 2014, I applied for benefits and am on my last day of one week waiting period. My question is this, on the weekly certification what do I put for the week ending 02/01/14? I was paid semi monthly and my last check went from 01/16-01/30/2014? Should I file my weekly certification starting February 14th, 2014?

  15. david lopez says:

    I am waiting for my benefits of two weeks ..I fill it the forms,and a send all my information..could you tell me what happen …thanks for your cooperation..

    David lopez social security 770-03-0743

  16. Joy Norris says:

    to file a weekly claim. It couldn’t be processed because I was told I was disqualified. Why?

    • Sandra Whitley says:

      I filed for unemployment in July . It was temporarily layoff. The 1st week was a waiting week and the 2nd week I worked 1 day. I was calling in to my job. to check to see if there were work during this time and have not received money for my unemployment. Why

      • kathy says:

        Please check the website to see if there is any information on your claim status. Did you actually claim benefits for these two weeks? Did the employer give you a definite date of recall? I do not see any reason you were not approved. If the website does not give you information that answers your questions and if you have actually “claimed” the benefits either online or by phone, call the local office and let them know.

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