North Carolina’s deep cut to jobless benefits takes effect amid protests

by Alan Blinder

A woman was arrested June 24 at the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh during a protest of the state’s social policies. Photo: Gerry Broome/Associated Press

North Carolina’s sharp cuts in benefits to the unemployed went into effect this week, amid a swelling public outcry.The far-reaching changes enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature in February decreased the maximum benefit payout by more than one-third, which will result in a decline in the average weekly benefit, making the state ineligible for about $700 million in federal aid. The measure also reduced the number of weeks residents can receive unemployment aid.

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