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Thu Dec 17, 2020, 06:53 PM

N.C. overpaid unemployment benefits to thousands of people. It wants the money back.

RALEIGH The state of North Carolina says tens of thousands of people who received unemployment benefits during the pandemic need to give at least some of the money back.

The state, which provides among the least unemployment benefits in the country, says these claimants were "overpaid," often by thousands of dollars. It's cut benefits for most of them by half in an attempt to recover the money.

From April through September, the most recent data available, the N.C. Division of Employment Security says it identified overpayments to 46,800 people totaling $61.5 million. Over 1.3 million people in North Carolina have received unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

To recoup the money, DES has reduced benefit amounts by 50% for additional benefit weeks for 38,791 people this year.

Read more: https://greensboro.com/news/state-and-regional/n-c-overpaid-unemployment-benefits-to-thousands-of-people-it-wants-the-money-back/article_14620858-4092-11eb-b864-0347f0796ee2.html

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