COVID-19: NC Unemployment Insurance Information

Reminder: Federal pandemic unemployment benefits, including PEUC, PUA, FPUC and MEUC, will end Sept. 4, 2021. Learn more.

Before you file a claim…

  • The fastest and most efficient way to apply for unemployment benefits is to create an online account and file online at  
  • If you’re temporarily out of work or your working hours have been reduced due to COVID-19, choose ‘coronavirus’ as your reason for separation when filing your claim.
  • Remember, you must complete a Weekly Certification for every week you are filing for benefits. Sign into your online account to complete your Weekly Certifications.
  • Your eligibility and amount of benefits cannot be determined until after you file your claim.

Unemployment Benefit Programs


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Information and FAQs for Individuals

Information and FAQs for Employers

Returning to Work

Unemployment Claims Data

Executive Orders

The following Executive Orders issued by Governor Roy Cooper in response to COVID-19 impact unemployment insurance.

No. 118: Limiting Operations of Restaurants and Bars and Broadening Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Response to COVID-19

No. 131: Establishing Additional Policies for Retail Establishments, Further Risk Mitigation Measures at Long Term Care Facilities, and New Process to Expedite Payment of Unemployment Insurance Claims

No. 134: Allowing Businesses Flexibility to Make Payments that Assist their Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

More Information on Support Payments.