North Carolina residents can apply for benefits through NCESC by choosing the Apply for Unemployment Benefits/File a Claim option on the main page of the Division of Employment Security website. Those that do not have access to a computer can file a claim over the phone. Both filing options are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Individuals should file a claim for benefits if they have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Applicants must be wiling to register for work and actively continue to seek employment, and must be available to work if work is offered to the applicant.
If the applicant is currently employed but laid off temporarily because of a decease in workload, the applicant may have his employer file on a claim on his behalf. Those claims do not require that the applicant register for work or actively seek employment while collecting unemployment benefits. If the employer refuses to file a claim on the employee's behalf, the employee can file his own claim as long as he meets all eligibility requirements. Applicants must have worked in employment that was subject to unemployment insurance and received pay for two quarters of his base period. The applicant also must have been paid wages totalling at least six times the average weekly insured wage during the applicant's base period.