NC Commerce

Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Department of Commerce

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are only those people who are collecting unemployment benefits included in the unemployment estimates?

No. The estimate of unemployment includes all people who fit the definition and are actively seeking a job. The unemployed include job losers (those who were laid off), job leavers (those who voluntarily left a job), new entrants, and re-entrants into the labor force. Unemployment claimants are a subset of the total unemployed. Those that have exhausted benefits are still considered unemployed if they are seeking employment.

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