January 22, 2021

NC man gets unemployment help after his Extended Benefits stop

NC man gets unemployment help after his Extended Benefits stop


One man told WCNC Charlotte he was caught off guard when he learned his benefits were being cut short. Jim Jenkins said, all of a sudden, he learned he was losing benefits much sooner than expected. He scrambled to get help but couldn’t.

Jenkins said he was working at a Charlotte hotel before the shutdowns began.

“I was working as a security officer,” Jenkins said. “I enjoyed my work I enjoyed my team.”

Several employees received furlough letters in March from the hotel, Jenkins recalled.

“It was pretty devastating, especially being an older worker, I worked all of my life,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins applied for benefits soon after being furloughed. For most of the year, he said it was a smooth transition from one unemployment program to the next. 

However, in October, he was on the federally funded EB program when he suddenly hit a roadblock.

“It was actually really timely up until the point EB just ended,” Jenkins said.



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