North Carolina's State Capitol Building

North Carolina's state Capitol building in Raleigh, N.C.

(The Center Square) – A bill to help curb unemployment fraud is on its way to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

House Bill 1229 directs $2 million to fight unemployment fraud. The measure received unanimous support from both chambers of the General Assembly.

HB 1229 would use federal coronavirus relief aid to finance a contract between the state's Division of Employment Security (DES) and the Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC) to increase cybersecurity and data monitoring.

The measure also would allow North Carolinians who are seasonally employed at polling precincts to continue receiving unemployment benefits. 

Between March 15 and Wednesday, more than 1 million people in North Carolina filed for unemployment benefits. About 20 percent of claimants did not meet the eligibility requirements.

Staff Reporter

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.