from channel 9 in Greenville.
- It's a story that has become all too common: Families relying on unemployment just to get by.
Now a mistake in funding allotments by the Employment Security Commission
has turned that unemployment benefit into an unemployment burden.
A funding error by the North Carolina Employee Security Commission
pays out $28 million
"About 38,000 [people] had a benefit year amount that didn't seem correct and we investigated," said David Clegg
, ESC Deputy Chairman
An investigation that found those 38,000 people in North Carolina
had received benefits for longer than usual.
15 percent were paid too little, while 85 percent where paid too much.
"Because of the length of time they are in benefit status, many of those overpayments are very, very small," said Clegg
isn't small to one Greenville
resident we contacted via facebook. That was the price their first letter from the ESC
stated, but officials say North Carolinians could receive anywhere from one to six letters, all with different quotes and only one with the right amount.
"We're asking those individuals to make sure they receive all the letters before they call, that last letter will give them the final amount," said Clegg
says those who have to repay, will have that money automatically deducted from their current benefit check.
"They would continue to receive some benefits but we would reduce that until those individuals were repaid," said Clegg
Those people who receive letters from the Employment Security Commission
have until October 8th to sign up for a waiver that could release them from having to pay.
Those waivers are available at your local branch.
says all the letters of overpayment will be sent out in the next few days. He says the problem with the unemployment benefits has been corrected and will not happen again.
many of the overpayments are "very very small"