Greensboro, NC -- Effective Monday, July 1, nearly 70,454 people receiving long-term unemployment benefits will see their checks end.
"I'm looking for work, three, four times a day trying to looking for a job," said David Huffman an unemployed sheet and metal worker.
David Huffman has been searching for work for 6-months. He says he's not looking forward to not having an unemployment check, during this time of transition in his life.
North Carolina is the only state changing its unemployment benefit rules and regulations, 6-months early. The federal unemployment benefit programs are set to expire across the country at the end of the year.
"Well, they cut everybody unemployment and stuff but they aren't cutting their pay. But they should cut some of the politicians pay or something to help the poor people out," said Huffman.
The 70,000-plus people claiming emergency unemployment compensation are not the only ones seeing a reduction. North Carolina lawmakers also changed the number of weeks someone can claim the benefits. After Monday, the number of weeks a person can claim will be reduced to a sliding scale of 12 to 20 weeks of benefits.
State lawmakers took $2.5 billion in debt in federal money since the recession. Now, lawmakers want to start to pay back the state's debt.
For more information, visit the North Carolina Department of Commerce