A message on the State Division of Employment Security web site indicated extended benefits were expected to end on Jan. 28. In all, 25,000 unemployed people could have been affected.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Bev Perdue issued an executive order to extended temporary benefits.
Perdue issued the following statement: "Middle class families across North Carolina are working harder than ever, but many are still having a tough time. I signed an executive order today that will extend temporary benefits to approximately 25,000 unemployed North Carolinians. In addition to providing desperately needed financial help to the families that actually receive the benefits, these federal dollars will help all North Carolinians because the money will circulate throughout the economy and help support large and small businesses across the state. To be clear, we're able to achieve these results with no impact on the state budget because all extended benefits resulting from this order will be paid with 100 percent federal money."