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Update on Federal Unemployment Benefits: Dec. 31, 2020  

The Division of Employment Security is awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor to reprogram its benefits system and begin issuing payments for the new federal unemployment benefits and extensions of the federal COVID-19 relief bill. 

DES will provide more information about applications and timelines for these benefits as soon as possible. 

For people currently claiming unemployment benefits:

  • Sign into your DES online account and continue to file your weekly certifications for benefits. 
  • If you are prompted to file a new claim for state unemployment insurance benefits, you may file the new claim. If you see a link to file your weekly certification after you complete the new claim, you should file the weekly certification. 
  • If you do not see a link to file your weekly certification, try clearing your browser history and cache and restarting the browser. If you still do not see a link, you may call the DES Customer Call Center for assistance.  

Receiving your Form 1099-G by Email

If you received unemployment benefits from the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) in 2020, you will receive a Form 1099-G. 

To receive your 1099-G by email, sign into your DES online account at des.nc.gov before Jan. 1, 2021, and select email as your preferred method of contact under the ‘Change Personal Info’ tab. 

Due to the large volume of 1099-Gs that will be processed, DES highly encourages people to choose the email option.

If you do not select email as your method of contact, your 1099-G will be mailed to your address of record with DES. 

An electronic version of your 1099-G will be available online through your DES claimant self- service portal beginning Jan. 31, 2021.

Extended Benefits Available for Six Weeks After Oct. 10 

Due to a drop in the state’s unemployment rate, beginning Oct. 10, federal Extended Benefits (EB) will be available for up to six weeks of benefits rather than the current 9.6 weeks. EB is the regular federal program that extends state unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. People who have exhausted 12 weeks of state unemployment insurance benefits and 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation may be eligible for EB. 

As a result of the change in Extended Benefits, the maximum weeks for which a person may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will be 39 weeks instead of 42.6 weeks.

Benefits Charging for Reimbursable Employers  

In accordance with Executive Order No. 118, the Division of Employment Security is not charging employers’ accounts for benefits that have been paid to individuals for reasons related to COVID-19. 

Employers recently received a list of charges to their account showing all unemployment insurance benefits paid during the second quarter of 2020. 

This is not a bill, and employers are not required to submit payment with regards to these charges. It is generated for reporting purposes for the state to seek federal reimbursement for the charges. Employers will receive a reimbursement statement in November reflecting all credits due to their account. 

Employers: Paycheck Protection Program

Employers who received a Paycheck Protection Program loan should use the following Earnings Report Form to report to the Division of Employment Security payments they made to employees under the program.

Employer Earnings Report Form 

Employer Earnings Report Form Additional Page

We’re Hiring!

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is looking for dedicated, motivated employees to join our team. With remote positions available, there are opportunities for people across North Carolina. Learn more about Jobs at NCDES.

DES Proposed Rules

Notice is hereby given in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.2 that the Department of Commerce – Division of Employment Security intends to adopt the rules cited as 04 NCAC 24D .0201, .0206, amend the rules cited as 04 NCAC 24D .0102, .0202, .0203; 24F .0304, and repeal the rules cited as 04 NCAC 24D .0103-.0106; and 24F .0303. The notice of text of the proposed rules is found on the Laws and Rules page.


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