- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Officials at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Service say state and county workers will be on the job through the weekend as North Carolina tries to meet a federal deadline for clearing a backlog of cases.

A statement from DHHS Friday said the backlog has dropped by 92.5 percent since Jan. 23. But officials say workers will remain on the clock to eliminate the backlog of applications and re-certifications pending over 90 days and applications older than seven days.

As of Friday, only 13 counties remained with 10 or more applications pending, most of them in Wake, Forsyth, Cumberland, Pitt and Mecklenburg counties.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave North Carolina until Monday to process food stamp applications and pending renewals or face losing millions in federal funding.

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