NC Relaxes Rules for Unemployment Benefits; Federal Gov’t Could Send Checks to Americans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With businesses cutting hours and some temporarily closing, the state is making it easier for people to qualify for unemployment benefits.

Meantime, the federal government is considering sending checks to Americans, along with loans and payments to businesses.

“These are unsettling times. I know some people are afraid. Some are angry. Many are worried,” says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

There is concern thousands of people across the state could lose their job.

In response, the state plans to take down several barriers to unemployment benefits.

The change will eliminate the one-week waiting period to apply for benefits, waive the requirement to look for work while on unemployment and allow you to interview for benefits online, or over the phone, instead of in person.

Those who have their hours cut back, may also be eligible for benefits.

Nationally, Congress is working on a trillion-dollar stimulus package that could give every American $1,000 within the next two weeks.

“We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” says U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Congress is also considering paid sick and medical leave for people and their families affected by Coronavirus.

We saw nearly empty parking lots at area malls on Tuesday afternoon.

Belk and Macy’s have announced they will close all stores to customers through the end of the month.