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.