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Extra $50 Benefits: All About The Increased Benefit Amount In North Carolina

Updated : November 20th, 2020

Ever since the pandemic began, millions of North Carolinans have lost their jobs. According to the reports of the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES), about 2.49 million people filed for state and federal unemployment claims, and an estimated $8.2 billion benefits have been paid since mid-March. To help the unemployed meet their needs, the state is offering extra $50 benefits. 

So, who qualifies for the Increased Benefit Amount in North Carolina? When can the claimants expect to receive the additional benefits? This article will break it down for you! But first, let’s understand what an Increase Benefit Amount (IBA) is. 

What Is The Increased Benefit Amount In North Carolina?

On September 4, 2020, North Carolina passed House Bill 1105, Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, and created a new extra unemployment program known as the Increased Benefit Amount. Under this program, the qualified claimants could receive a temporary $50 increase in their weekly benefit amount. 

The IBA program would provide a $50 retroactive increase to the weekly unemployment benefits beginning with the benefit week that started on September 6 through no later than December 26, 2020.

Who Qualifies For Extra $50 Benefits In North Carolina?

To qualify for the Increased Benefit Amount in North Carolina, you must be receiving unemployment benefits through any of the state or federal unemployment programs. Also, you must have filed your initial claim before a specific date. 

1. You Are Receiving Benefits Through The State Unemployment Benefits Program 

If you are receiving benefits through the regular Unemployment Insurance program during the weeks of the IBA program, then as per the new state law, you will be eligible for the extra $50 benefit amount. You will receive the extra benefits regardless of when you filed your initial unemployment claim before or after September 6, 2020.

2. You Are Receiving Benefits Under The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

If you are receiving benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, you can receive the extra $50 unemployment benefits. However, note that you will qualify for the IBA program only if you have filed your unemployment claim on or after September 6, 2020. If you have filed your claim before September 6, 2020, you will not qualify for the $50 Increased Benefit Amount.

Note – You may receive the extra $50, or your weekly benefit amount will be increased to the federally-set minimum for the PUA program, whichever is higher.

3. You Are Receiving Benefits Under Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program

If you are receiving benefits through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and your weekly amount under the state unemployment program is not increased, then according to the U.S. DOL, you will not qualify for the $50 Increased Benefit Amount. This condition holds good if you are receiving Extended Benefits (EB) or Trade Readjustment Allowance.

When Can You Expect To Receive The Extra $50 Benefits?

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security began rolling out payments for the $50 under the Increased Weekly Benefit Amount program on October 17, 2020, and you can soon expect to receive the payments. 

How To Apply For The Increased Benefit Amount In North Carolina?

You need not apply or submit a separate application to receive extra unemployment benefits under the IBA program and will automatically receive the amount. 

What To Do If You Have Lost Your Job Recently?

If you are unemployed recently, you can apply for the regular Unemployment Insurance benefits program. It is important to note that you must meet certain eligibility criteria to qualify for the unemployment program. Some of them include: 

  • You should have lost job through no fault of your own 
  • You should be able, available, and be ready to work 
  • You should earn minimum wages in your base period 

You can file an unemployment claim by creating an account by visiting While applying for North Carolina unemployment benefits, you should submit several documents. 

Documents Required 

Documents or information required while filing for unemployment benefits in North Carolina include:

  • Your name
  • Your address 
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Reason for your separation from your employers
  • Names and addresses of your employers
  • Contact details of your employers
  • Your bank account number and routing number and account number (if you want the payments to be directly deposited into your account
  • Start and end dates of the employment 
  • Details regarding vacation or severance pay (if any)
  • Details concerning your retirement pay, if any (gross monthly amount along with proof)
  • If you are a non-citizen, submit your Alien Registration Number and date of expiration from your Employment Authorization Document
  • If you were a federal employee, provide your SF-8 form, SF-50 form, pay stub(s), or W-2 
  • If you were former military personnel, submit your DD214, Member 4 Copy 

If your claim is denied, but you believe that you are entitled to receive benefits, you can file an unemployment appeal. 

Filing An Unemployment Appeal

You can file your appeal online by logging into your account on the DES website. You can also mail the appeal to or fax to 919-857-1296 or by postal mail to DES Appeals, P.O. Box 27967, Raleigh, NC 27611-7967. 

Note – 

1) Appeals sent by fax, mail, or postal mail will take longer to process.  

2) Due to the high volume of mails being received, the Department may take several weeks to review your mail. 

Final words 

The DES is taking extra steps to roll out payments to help the unemployed North Carolinans meet their primary needs during the crisis. If you have any queries regarding the unemployment benefits program (be it an extra $50 or regular benefits), contact authorities at DES. 


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  1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
    Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
    I feel for u all on ID.ME…

    Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

    We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
    But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

    Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
    Good luck to all of u.
    And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
    Davulia S.

  2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

  3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

    1. Nafisa,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

  4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

    1. Luis,

      Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

  5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie,

      Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

    1. Leatha,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

  6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

      1. HI Jeff,
        I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

        1. Adam,

          You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

  9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

        1. Gary,

          You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

    1. Maria,
      I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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