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North Carolina Unemployment Application

DES (Department of Employment Security) provides three methods for individuals to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. Please review the following options for the method which best suits your needs.

All three options are available for those individuals who are totally separated from their employment, and wish to apply for benefits.

1. File Online: this option allows claimants to apply for benefits online. You can file for benefits and register for work in as little as 20 minutes.

Hours of Availability:

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M. ET
  • Saturday: 6:00 A.M. – 12:00 Midnight ET
  • Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 9:30 P.M. ET

2. File by Telephone: DES provides a toll-free number which allows individuals to file for benefits. Customers can call 1-877-841-9617 (toll-free, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week) to file an initial claim.

Employers are responsible for filing attached claims for workers on temporary layoff.

3. You can also apply for unemployment insurance benefits in person, at any NESC office.

Gather Necessary Documents

Before you file your unemployment claim, be sure you have your:

  1. Social Security number
  2. Registration number for former employers
  3. Names of all former employers over the past 12-18 months
  4. Dates worked for each employer
  5. Rate of pay for each job

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Read Frequently Asked Questions for Claimants in North Carolina

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  1. My employer is offering a furlough option (paying their insurance benefits but no salary) until they are (or maybe) recalled. Can you draw unemployment under such circumstances?

  2. I’d like to file online but am being directed to an “update drivers” site that is going to cost me a minimum of $30. There doesn’t seem to be a way around this. Can you advise?

  3. I noticed there were several employment places online that said they were NC employment. Which is the correct link to qualify for unemployment compensation

    • I hope you’ve read the content available in this article thoroughly.You should be able to ascertain if you qualify or not.

  4. I am an Adjunct Welding Instructor at our local community college and my classes ended May 2014, I’ve always been told we can’t get unemployment but is this true. I thought whether part time or full time as long as you are unemployed by no fault of your own you are eligible to get UI Benefits?

    • Not all types of employment qualify.There is a limitation to contract and seasonal employment.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  5. I walk out because my new manager was touching me I told my supervisor and the assistant manager they told me it was nothing they could do so I left it’s been two months I can’t find a job worked there 8years file with NC employment commission they are investigating .can I file for unemployment? Please reply or call 910-382-3080

    • If you were harassed or abused and left your job because of this,you can file for UI.

      You must be able to prove if there is a dispute.

  6. I have recently relocated to charlotte. I resigned from my job in Nov. 2013 can I apply for unemployment here in .charlotte NC. I did apply for it in New York City but never received any response in regards to payment. so can I apply here in NC an how long will it take for my first payment?

    • Please follow up with the labor dept in NY.

      You must apply and claim from the state where you were employed last.

  7. I have a 3 year old son who has been kicked out of every school in the county daycare, private anything possible and cannot afford a nanny or private care. The doctors recommend I stay home and proceed with his medical care helping him deal with his aggression. I am forced to have to quit my job to stay home and take of my sons mental medical issues since they recommend he does not go back to any of these type of facilities until they can figure out what is wrong with him. Can I apply for unemployment because I have to stay home and take care of my son? since he is mentally unstable?

    • Unfortunately, most states consider providing UI benefits to those who are willing and available to work. I can understand your situation.Please have a word with the labor dept in NC and see if there are any provisions or exceptions.

      You can also explore other social benefits offered in your state or look for home based jobs on the internet.

  8. I am a merchant mariner and worked on a ship from July 10 to August 22, 2013. The crewing company that hired me and paid my wages is located in Indiana, 47150.

    Can I file a claim in NC to receive benefits?

    • When you file to claim UI, they usually consider last four calender quarters to ascertain qualification.I assume that you’ve worked before this instance as well.
      You can consider filling from the base state(or where the payout happened) which I believe is Indiana.

  9. I applied for unemployment about a month ago. I got my quote and mailed it in. How do I check on the status of my unemployment direct deposit

  10. I currently work 3 part time jobs as a college instructor. The semester ends in December and I will be laid off until the Spring semester begins in the middle of January. Each part time job finishes on a different date. Do I need to wait until all three jobs finish and then file, or can I file when the first one finishes?


  11. I was let go from my employer on 5/1/12. I have not yet tried to collect any unemployment. The representative said I had no wages for the last 18 months and therefore could not file for unemployment. MY calculation is that 14 months have passed not 18 months. Can I receive unemployment or not in North Carolina? Thank You!

  12. I started a job in August. I am 4 days short of my 90 day working relationship. They called me to let me know that the business was closing. Can I receive unemployment?

  13. Hello. My family and I moved from California to North Carolina in June 2013. Before leaving I quite my job.
    Untill today ( Sept, 2013) I made many application, but nobody call me yet.
    I would apply for unemployment benefit. Do you think I should do that?
    Thanks, Roberto Moneta.

  14. I got out of the military 2 years ago. Since then, I’ve had 3 jobs and went to school a little while in between. The longest I’ve had any of those jobs was 6 months; Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

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