Job contacts for unemployed would rise in NC House bill

North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jobless benefit recipients in North Carolina would have to contact more potential employers while looking for work in legislation getting state House support.

The measure receiving tentative House approval Thursday also resolves a standoff between legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory over a panel that hears unemployment appeals. McCrory vetoed a measure last year that would have forced one of his panel appointees to step down almost immediately.

The change getting floor debate would increase the number of contacts a benefit recipient must make weekly from two to five.

Rep. Charles Graham of Lumberton says five contacts would put undue burdens on low-income residents with limited transportation and no Internet access. Rep. John Bradford of Cornelius voted yes, saying the one job for the unemployed is to get a job.

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