Employers looking to hire new employees will tell you: finding workers to fill jobs is VERY difficult. While the national unemployment rate increase slightly to 6.1% in April, North Carolina's seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.0 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percent from March. The number of people claiming unemployment benefits decreased by 8,109 from the previous month. Even so, there were still those who were unemployed, and an Executive Order issued by Governor Roy Cooper this week is intended to reduce unemployment further and put people back to work.
Cooper's Executive Order 216 requires all existing claimants of unemployment benefits will be required to make contact with at least three different employers each week and keep a record of their work search.
The order expands Cooper’s Executive Order 200, which reinstated work search requirements for new claimants after March 14, 2021.
To continue receiving benefits, all unemployment claimants will be required to register a jobseeker account on NCWorks.gov, North Carolina’s online portal for employment and training services. Jobseekers can use NCWorks.gov to search and apply for jobs, access labor market information and find opportunities for workforce training.
Lincoln County's unemployment rate for March, the latest county-by-county report, was just 3.9%--the 9th lowest of any county in the state. OTher area counties are also flush with available jobs and having trouble filling them. Catawba County's unemployment rate was 4.5%, Gaston County's was 5.0%, and Cleveland County's 5.1%.
A year ago, the unemployment rate in North Carolina was 13.5%.
With the federal government adding another $300 to unemployment benefits and the American Rescue Plan providing individuals with $1400 in so-called 'stimulus' money, many have chosen not to go back to work. At least 21 states have now said they will end their participation in federal unemployment programs in either June or July. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have all made that decision.