About 70,000 North Carolina residents will stop receiving federal extended unemployment benefits June 30 – the result of a state law that goes into effect July 1. The law reduces the maximum state benefits a laid-off worker can receive by roughly one-third. It also reduces the maximum weeks of benefits funded by the state. Extended benefits, which kicked in after the 26 weeks of state-funded benefits had been exhausted, provided up to 47 additional weeks of benefits for those unable to find work. Workers who started receiving unemployment benefits before January 1, 2013 will be immediately affected by the change. Over the next several months, 91,000 additional workers, now receiving state-funded benefits, will lose their unemployment benefits as well.