NC unemployment benefits will require interview



RALEIGH — March is the kickoff month for a new program at the Division of Employment Security (DES). Unemployed individuals who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and receive their FIRST unemploy- ment benefit payment on or after March 1, 2014, are required by law to attend an Employability Assessment Interview (EAI) as a condition of continuing eligibility for receiving unemployment insurance. Beginning on March 17, DES will begin issuing letters to inform claimants of their scheduled, mandatory interview.

An Employability Assessment Interview (EAI) is a mandatory, one-on-one, in-person meeting between an un- employed individual receiving unemployment insurance benefits and a workforce specialist at the local Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS) office. The meeting will serve as an opportunity for the individual to speak to a workforce specialist who can assist them with finding suitable employment in their region, have their work search documents reviewed, and provide their photo ID. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued ID.

“First and foremost, the interviews are designed to provide meaningful assistance resulting in getting people back to work,” said DES Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell. “The claimants will also show proof that they are looking for work and proof of their identity. Presenting a photo ID is necessary when finding employment so it should also be necessary in order to receive unemployment. With the assistance of our partners at DWS, this will help eliminate potential fraud and abuse.”

Failure to attend the Employability Assessment Interview could result in a denial or delay of unemployment insur- ance benefits.

Claimants who need more information can visit the Division’s website at

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