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NC unemployment claims reach over 100,000 in a week, mostly COVID-19 related

North Carolina's unemployment rate has inched higher for July as the number of people with jobs...
North Carolina's unemployment rate has inched higher for July as the number of people with jobs dipped from the previous month.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2020 at 12:40 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - State officials say unemployment claims in North Carolina reached 113,002 in just one week.

Officials say approximately 87% were COVID-19 related.

“There could be more related to COVID-19 where the person filing did not indicate the virus as the reason for separation from employment,” Larry Parker in the state’s Department of Commerce said.

COVID-19 timeline

  • March 3: NCDHHS announces state’s first COVID-19 case
  • March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares State of Emergency
  • March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
  • March 13: President Donald Trump declares a National Emergency
  • March 14: Cooper issues Executive Order 117 closing K-12 public schools until at least March 30 and banning gatherings of more than 100 people
  • March 16: NCDHHS recommends no mass gatherings for more than 50 people
  • March 17: Cooper issues Executive Order 118 limiting operations of restaurants and bars, and broadening unemployment insurance benefitsCopyright 2020 WBTV. All rights reserved.