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NC Lawmakers to tweak law cutting jobless benefits

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North Carolina lawmakers plan to make some changes in a new law that cuts unemployment benefits after the U.S. Labor Department pointed out some parts of the law that do not comply with federal regulations.

Gay Gilbert with the federal Office of Unemployment Insurance has told state lawmakers they cannot deny benefits to certain classifications of those who have lost their jobs.

But Gilbert says the state can reduce maximum benefits from $535 per week to $350 weekly. He also says the state can reduce the maximum number of weeks of benefits.

North Carolina Commerce Department spokesman Josh Ellis says the required changes will have little to do with who qualifies for benefits.

Mocksville Rep. Julia Howard says she's pleased that so few changes will be required.

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