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

by Alan Blinder

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.