HB 4: UI Fund Solvency and Program Changes

Summary: Changes eligibility for NC’s Unemployment Insurance program and reduces the amount of time an unemployed worker can receive benefits. Reduces the maximum benefit amount to a flat $350 a week, the lowest maximum benefit in the country.  Due to the implementation date and the low benefit amount, NC lost federally funded emergency benefits on July 1, 2013. An estimated 70,000 [need citation] jobless workers lost their benefits from this change. The duration a recipient can receive benefits (previously 26 weeks) will now be determined by a sliding scale for minimum and maximum duration based on the state's unemployment rate.  NC is the first state using this sliding scale for both minimum and maximum benefits. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, unemployment rates for women in NC are remaining high (9.1%) even as the unemployment rate for men is falling during the post-recession recovery. The unemployment rate for single women maintaining families in NC is even higher: 15.1%.  Click here for official bill history, bill text, and vote records.

Status: Introduced in the House, heard in House Committee on Finance and Senate Committee on Finance, Passed and Ratified on 2/14/2013. Signed into law by Gov. McCrory 2/19/2013.

WNC Legislators sponsoring the bill: 

  • Primary sponsors: Warren Daniel (SD 46)
  • Sponsors: Chuck McGrady (HD117), Tim Moffitt (HD 116)

Voting for HB 4
Rep. Roger West (R)
Rep. Michelle Presnell (R)
Rep. Chuck McGrady (R)
Rep. Tim Moffitt (R)
Rep. Nathan Ramsey (R)
Rep. Chris Whitmire (R)
Rep. Mike Hager (R)
Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R)
Rep. Rep. Josh Dobson (R)
Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R)

Sen. Jim Davis (R)
Sen. Tom Apodaca (R)
Sen. Ralph Hise (R)
Sen. Warren Daniel (R)
Sen. Dan Soucek (R)
Voting Against HB 4
Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D)
Rep. Susan Fisher (D)
Not Voting
Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D) - excused absence