NEW ORLEANS — The state of North Carolina has approved a $5 million pilot program that would allow unemployed workers to apply for the jobless assistance program known as NC Medicaid.
The program would offer temporary help to eligible North Carolinians who have not found a job and are unemployed and could provide them with a temporary job or work.
The state Department of Human Services said Thursday it received more than 1,000 applications for the program, which was created to assist people struggling to make ends meet after losing their jobs or when they had fallen on hard times.
About 70 percent of applicants were women, and roughly half of those applicants are between the ages of 24 and 44.
The department said about 10,000 North Carolinian residents have been eligible to apply.
It said those applicants who apply now will receive an expedited review.
The Department of Health and Human Services also announced it has awarded a $2.5 million contract to the North Carolina Department of Justice to help train state and local law enforcement and corrections personnel to administer the program.
It is part of a larger effort to train state workers.