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Unemployment insurance (UI) provides temporary income payments to replace a portion of the wages lost by those who are unemployed through no fault of their own and are available for work. UI applies to temporary and permanent workers.

Unemployment Services Information

The State of North Carolina contracts with an outside vendor to manage UI costs. Under this contract, the vendor provides ongoing training on unemployment insurance cost containment; receives, examines, and investigates all claims; represents the university at hearings; and provides periodic reports on claims activity.

Types of employees not covered include

  • NC State University students enrolled and regularly attending classes
  • A spouse of an NC State University student enrolled and regularly attending classes, if advised at the time service commences that (a) employment is provided under a financial assistance program, and (b) such employment is not be covered by unemployment insurance
  • NC State University students in full-time programs taken for credit that combine academic instruction with work experience. Programs must have been established on behalf of students rather than employers.


An individual must be unemployed and meet the following requirements to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Physically able to work
  • Available for work
  • Registered for work with the Employment Security Commission
  • Actively seeking work
  • Totally or partially unemployed for a waiting period of one week


An individual is disqualified for unemployment insurance benefits if he/she

  • Resigned voluntarily without good cause
  • Was discharged for misconduct connected with work
  • Did not apply, without good cause, for suitable work when so directed by the Employment Security Commission (ESC)
  • Did not accept, without good cause, suitable work when offered

Individuals on leave without pay generally are not eligible for benefits. Services in instructional, research, or principal administrative capacities do not receive benefits for the period between two successive academic years or during a paid sabbatical provided for in the individual's contract. Also, if the individual has a contract or contracts to perform services between successive academic years or terms, UI benefits are not paid.


After a waiting period, an eligible claimant receives weekly benefits. The benefits vary according to wages earned during a base period and are available for a prescribed number of weeks (up to 26, normally).


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For additional information, contact

  • Employee Relations, 919-515-6575
  • Employment Services, 919-515-2135