The State of Working North Carolina: Still Unemployed After All These Years - Long-Term Unemployment and the Importance of the Unemployment Insurance System

By Alexandra Forter Sirota
BTC Director
September 2011


  • Nearly half of North Carolina’s workers without jobs have been out of work for six months or more.
  • Long‐term unemployment impacts workers lifetime earnings, families and the economy.
  • Unemployment insurance payments provide a modest yet critical support to workers struggling to find jobs in a jobless recovery and supports consumer spending at local businesses.