The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJ DOL) via the Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) manages the state’s unemployment insurance program. New Jersey’s unemployment remains higher than the United States as a whole, which is reflective of how hard the state has been hit by the pandemic compared to other parts of the nation.
See further details below on the pandemic enhanced benefits currently available including dealing with eligibility issues, various payment delays and changing certification requirements. And per the NJ DOL website, they are aware of the ongoing issues people are experiencing when filing claims and receiving payments on a timely manner. Keep reading for more information.
Federal Enhanced Benefits Have Ended in New Jersey After 9/4
The NJ DOL has confirmed that claimants on the PEUC, PUA, MEUC and FPUC programs will file/certify for benefits for the last time covering the week ending September 4, 2021.
Any active claims, with or without remaining balances, will expire after this date and any weeks after Sep 5th will NOT be paid. The only exception are retroactive payments for validated claims after a successful determination or appeal.
While there has been a lot of discussion around extending pandemic unemployment benefits, the Biden administration has confirmed (see video) that states will have to use already allocated stimulus funding to expand or extend traditional state unemployment programs.
The NJ DOL has not indicated that is planning to do so at this stage and Governor Murphy recent stated the following in recent remarks confirming this position:
The proper way to extend federal UI benefits is through federal action, not a patchwork of state ones. It should be noted here that no state is extending this benefit beyond September 4th. The reality is that continuing the $300 per week benefit through state resources would be cost prohibitive. It would cost at current at least $314 million per week and perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars more.
In other words, we’re talking about well more than $1 billion per month to maintain this benefit at its current level. Overall, the Department has put $33.7 billion directly into the accounts of nearly 1.6 million New Jerseyans since the start of the pandemic, of which $25 billion had been federal dollars. We have some of the most generous unemployment benefits in the country and God knows we needed them.
We recognize the impact that this will have one some families facing unemployment issues. To support New Jerseyans living through the economic impacts of the pandemic, we have invested in rent assistance, food assistance, childcare assistance, healthcare affordably – affordability assistance and other support programs. We have set up programs which are funded through billions of dollars of federal coronavirus relief funds.Gov. Murphy
We also must make the most of the American Rescue Plan funds we’ve been given to support our small business community and our startups who are, in fact, the major creators of jobs across our state. We cannot crowd out essential investments in other areas including for the assistance programs I mentioned as well as for our schools and colleges and universities among them. Our federal coronavirus relief pot is intended to support multiple recovery programs that our residents and businesses both need. We must ensure that we are appropriating these funds judiciously for the greatest possible long-term recovery. The federal benefit has helped families and kept a stalled economy from falling into an economic collapse and today, we have, thank God, at long last, a strong recovery underway.
Some claimants may be eligible for State Extended Benefits (SEB), but after September 4th all claimants must have a regular UI claim to continue receiving benefits.
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$300 Weekly Payment Delay Updates and News
Every few weeks there have been reports of payment glitches/delays in claimants getting the $300 supplementary benefit, which is in addition to their regular or enhanced unemployment payments. This is generally due to the following reasons:
- Timing issues between the NJ DOL systems and their UI benefits payment processor (Bank of America). These “glitches” have been been getting resolved in 2 to 3 days in most cases.
- Staggered certification schedule, which is impacted by system outages and upgrades that the NJ DOL is frequently doing. If this delays certification, then inevitable payment delays will follow.
- Missing payments being caught up a week later due to the above issues. This results in some claimants seeing a double payment following a week of a missed payment
- Pending Claims mean a 4 week delay. For claims whose status is showing as “Pending” means your claim has not filed yet and likely needs a NJ DOL agent to perform some kind of manual review. Keep checking daily until it changes to “Filed.” Claims that require agent intervention could take up to four weeks or longer due to the unprecedented volume of filings. NJDOL is currently processing agent intervention claims that were filed about one month ago – so this is why you are seeing a delay in payments.
- Certification or Eligibility issues. If you see a message to call a regional center (via your portal or a mailed letter) it means no further processing can happen unless you call the NJ DOL at the specified number. This is likely to a certification or eligibility issue.
You can see recent examples and further feedback in the active comments forum below this article. I will post further updates as they come to light and you can stay connected via the options below.
Will New Jersey (NJ) Pandemic Unemployment Benefits be Extended Again in 2021 or End Early?
With several states ending federally funded unemployment benefits earlier than planned (see full list) to encourage workers to return to work, there is a strong concern this action could spread nationwide. But the good news for unemployed workers in New Jersey is that most of the states cancelling unemployment benefits are Republican controlled. So it is highly likely that claimants in NJ will keep ALL pandemic unemployment benefits, including the extra $300 weekly payment, until the current program end date which would be the week ending September 4th, 2021.
However it should be noted that work search requirements are being more rigorously enforced by NJ DOL and there will be a lot more scrutiny of job rejections if not for pandemic or health related reasons.
Please also see the many comments at the end of the article where people have shared their stories, tips and struggles around getting paid under one or more of these enhanced benefit programs.
2021 Unemployment Program Extensions Under Biden ARPA Stimulus Package
Under President Biden’s $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan (ARPA), enhanced unemployment benefits will be extended until September 6th. This would be the week ending September 4th, 2021 in New Jersey. This includes the following extensions:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – The PUA program, designed for freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors or those that generally don’t qualify for regular state unemployment, has been extended to September 6th, 2021 (~25 weeks). This brings the total number of weeks in the program to 79. The minimum PUA payment is still 50% of a states average weekly benefit amount and limited to the state’s maximum weekly benefit amount (WBA).
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – The new stimulus bill funds another 25 weeks of weekly supplementary/extra unemployment at the current $300 level. Payments for the $300 weekly payment will continue until early September for a total of 25 weeks and eligible claimants – those getting at least $1 from state and federal unemployment programs – can get a maximum of $7,500 if they qualify for all weeks covered in this new extension. The other $100 supplementary payment for Mixed Earners (MEUC) was also extended by 25 weeks.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – The PEUC program, which extends coverage for those who have exhausted regular and extended state unemployment, has also been extended until the week ending September 4th, 2021.
There also provisions in the Biden Stimulus package for Unemployment tax breaks on the first $10,200 of benefits.
NJ workers currently claiming federal benefits will receive an additional 25 weeks. Anyone currently receiving unemployment in any amount will also receive the $300 weekly supplemental benefit. We do not anticipate delays in providing these benefits to most claimants.NJ DOL update
New Jersey NJ DOL Payment Status of 25-week Extensions – Latest News and Status on PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC
The NJ DOL has implemented the 25 week extension of benefits to the PEUC and PUA programs. Anyone currently collecting unemployment in any amount will also receive the $300 FPUC supplemental benefit. There have however been some issues noted which you can also see discussed in the comments forum below this article. This includes:
- There have been some delays in getting the $300 weekly payment. This has been due to technical glitches in many cases and payments hit account 1 to 2 days later.
- Its still hard to get through to someone a live agent. Keep trying as in some instances you will need a live representative to manually progress your claim or to provide additional information to verify your claim.
- Many are reporting scam emails to potential claimants asking for personal and private data. Do not share this online or to people you don’t know. Only go to the NJ DOL site to load documents and provide required certifications.
- While the PUA and PEUC extensions are now available till Sep 4th, many people are reporting a lapse in benefits, which is mainly due to the need to provide additional documentation (PUA claimants) or not filing a new claim after you have reached your benefit year end (see below on what happens).
- Some people who returned to work and stopped claiming benefits, but are now unemployed again are having a tough time reinstating claim due to manual checks the NJ DOL has to do, which is taking more time than expected. Retroactive payments will be made for eligible weeks but this is a known issue.
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Benefit Year End Reviews
All unemployment claims are required to be reviewed after one year per law. Claimants approaching the end of their benefit year should take no additional action. If your UI claim has been open more than one year then you need to be aware of the following actions:
- DO NOT attempt to open a new claim.
- DO continue to certify for weekly benefits according to the schedule.
The review of your claim will occur automatically; the NJ DOL will contact you only if more information is needed. If you recently reached the end of your benefit year, a review of your claim has been completed or is underway. When the review is complete, you will receive confirmation your weekly certification for benefits was successful.
2021 Unemployment Program Extensions Under COVID Relief Bill
The $900 billion COVID-19 relief package was passed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, which among several other pandemic relief measures extends and provides additional federal funding for enhanced unemployment benefits. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and a reinstatement, but halving of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Program which provides a $300 supplemental weekly unemployment payment. I have also posted this video discussing the frustrations around the current $300 payment!
These programs have been funded and extended for 11 weeks (on top of any state funded extensions), covering the weeks of December 27th, 2020 to March 14th, 2021. To receive FPUC benefits, you must be receiving regular UI, PEUC, EB, or PUA.
NJ DOL 2021 11-week Extension Payment Details and Updates on $300 FPUC, PUA and PEUC
Update Feb 9th, 2021: NJDOL has (finally) successfully completed programming for the 11-week benefit extension for the over 75,000 expired PUA and PEUC claims. Claimants who had been waiting and are eligible to claim these 11-weeks should have been notified by email and can certify during their regular schedule once the extended weeks are added to their claim balance. If you have not received your notification AND cannot certify (online or via phone) in the next few days your claim is likely held up due to additional manual processing/verification or you were deemed ineligible. Some examples are further discussed in the comments below.
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Update Feb 3rd, 2021: Unemployed workers in NJ who have exhausted their PUA and PEUC benefits on or after Dec. 26, 2020 continue to face extended delays while the NJ DOL reprogram their antiquated and disparate UI systems to add the 11-week extension. These workers are also missing out on their $300 FPUC weekly payment and will have to wait for an official notification from NJ DOL to resume their weekly certification. Calling and trying to get this pushed through will not help, even if you can get through to someone.
There is no official target date for when NJ DOL will have this done, but I am expecting system updates to be in place by mid-February based on previous program rollouts and NJ DOL sources. Thousands are affected by this and I will continue to post updates across various platforms. I have also discussed more on this YouTube video covering the 2021 UI extension or the PUA extension delay reasons.
Missing 4th week $300 Payment for many (with active benefits): Many readers are reporting that they have not received their 4th week payment. NJ DOL on their social media is only confirming they have made 3 payments – so I suspect the system updates they are having to do for the PUA and PEUC programs have caused these delays. If payments don’t come this week, I imagine NJ DOL will make a double payment next week.
Update January 29th, 2021: NJ DOL has confirmed that they have made three weeks of the $300 FPUC payment to eligible claimants, with the fourth payment coming next week. However this is only for those who can certify and are currently getting state or federal benefits. Those who were getting federal benefits like PUA or PEUC but have now exhausted those benefits (zero claim balance) on or after Dec. 26, 2020 will see a gap in payments while the NJ DOL reprograms their systems to add the 11-week extension approved under the latest COVID relief bill.
DJ posted the following update on Jan 25th: DOL only deposited this week $300 for the week ending the 16th. Then the week ending Jan 23 we get next Monday. We wouldn’t ever get the week ending the 23rds payment today . Because they pay it only when they know you didn’t work. So the only way you get paid the week of the 23rd is if you file by Saturday the 30th . And for the people saying it’s biweekly it’s not. $300 each week per official NJ DOL update below (some people are getting $600 because it included retroactive payments for missed weeks). I just talked to someone on the phone at NJ DOL and the way it worked so far was for the weeks ending:
Jan 2nd $300
Jan 9th $300 (PAID $600 for 2 weeks On jan19th )
Jan 16th ( paid today the 25th )
Jan 23rd ( paid on feb1st)
Jan 21 : NJ DOL update on $300 payment
Official NJ DOL update: NJDOL announced it had successfully processed two weeks worth of benefits – $600 total – in direct deposit accounts or on debit cards as soon as Tuesday [Jan 19th, 2021]. Some may see it a day or two later depending on their bank. The first week of eligibility for the $300 payments was the week ending Jan. 2, 2021. If eligible for both weeks, claimants received two $300 payments, for a total of $600, in addition to their regular unemployment payments.
The $300 payments will continue to be made weekly, in single-week installments, for eligible weeks through the week ending March 13. They will be made automatically to anyone receiving jobless benefits in any amount.
Those who have exhausted their initial PUA, PEUC or Extended Benefits will experience a lapse in payments (ongoing delays) while NJDOL updates their systems. The Department has communicated with this group of claimants and they will be notified when they can resume certifying for weekly benefits.NJ DOL
Jan 19 update– $300 Payments coming through for active claimants! Based on reader comments here and on my social media it looks like the $300 weekly payments are coming through. Jackie wrote, “Got 600 deposited this morning a little before 6am. Was never a pending deposit. Just came thru outta nowhere. 1/19/21.” This was confirmed by subsequent comments. So looks like NJ DOL is making weekly payments for FPUC as well but was paying retroactively for the past 2 weeks it missed paying (due to program rollout delays) and so that’s why $600 was the maximum amount received for those who qualified for the 2 weeks.
Al posted the following on Jan 20th, Yes… there’s been much confusion on when the weeks would start or which date the payments would be retroactive. However, it’s basically like this. They’re paying (biweekly) from the week of January 2nd to the week of March 13th. That’s 11 weeks. This is why only a $600 payment/deposit was made to most claimants in NJ. So in respect to retroactive payments, the state was only behind 1 week. The week they tried to issue benefits (January 2, 2021) and the week that benefits started to be issued to claimants (January 9th). The next payable week will be January 16th 2021, payment should be received on Mondays, just like the CARES ACT Supplement Payments were issued. You will NOT receive both your Normal Unemployment Compensation Benefits and the new $300 on the same day. (Unless you’re one of those recipients that would normally receive your regular unemployment benefits on a Monday.) The only eleven payable weeks in 2021 are as follows (week ending):January 2nd, January 9th, January 16th, January 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, February 27th, March 6th, and week ending March 13th
Delays in payments were attributed to processing the new $300 FPUC while simultaneously running retroactive processing (as required by federal law) for the old $600 FPUC program. Under the new stimulus act, 460,000 claimants currently collecting PUA and PEUC, while 80,000 claimants are collecting Extended Benefits (EB). These groups of claimants are all eligible for an 11-week extension, and should be seeing no interruption in regular benefits. They should continue certifying for weekly benefits and will get the $300 FPUC payment and any eligible retroactive payments.
I realize that not everyone is seeing their payments yet (likely those who had exhausted benefits prior to week of 12/27/20 to 1/2/21) but at least there is some progress. The NJ DOL site is still saying they are “testing” and hard to get a hold of anyone at the NJ DOL, but it is at least good to hear that some people are receiving their payments. Please continue to leave comments at the end of this article with any updates or payment confirmations.
Jan 14 update from NJ DOL : NJDOL hopes to process the newly available federal $300 supplemental benefit over the weekend. An unforeseen complication delayed running the new Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program last week as planned. No one will miss any weeks of eligibility
Given that 1/18 is a public holiday and updates are happening over the weekend, I estimate that NJ DOL won’t get payments out before 1/19, given delays to date. Please leave a comment below the article if you receive your payment.
“Though there are still a lot of details needed from the USDOL to begin the work of implementing these new programs….we see from the sheer volume of new unemployment claims that this pandemic continues to affect significant numbers of workers, many who are unemployed for the first time in their lives.”
[Update Jan 13th] The NJ DOL has recently posted on their website (it’s a pop-up when you log on their website for the first time) that NJ residents currently claiming federal benefits (PUA or PEUC) will receive the new benefits without delay, and should continue to certify weekly (remaining weeks will roll-over into extension period). It is expected that these active claimants will see their $300 FPUC payment from mid-January (retroactive to December 27th, 2020).
Note – per several comments and responses, no one in NJ has yet seen the $300 payment! However a reader posted this “Just got off the phone with DOL they stated to me that payments will be processed into accounts at the end of today. Now I don’t know if that means into our accounts and will be there right away or then it has to process with ur bank.” So this likely means payments will start hitting accounts by the end of the week (factoring in processing time). Please leave a comment below the article if you receive your payment.
However anyone who has exhausted UI benefits on or after Dec. 26, 2020 will see a gap in payments while the NJ DOL program their UI systems to add the 11-week extension. These claimants should wait for notification from NJDOL before resuming weekly certification. NJDOL. No date provided for this, but expected towards the end of January.
I have noticed several comments on the mixed messages people are seeing from NJ DOL saying that they were the first to roll out the $300 payment, but yet people won’t get this payment for several weeks. The challenge is that to get the $300 FPUC payment (which is easy to implement since $600 FPUC was there before and only the amount has changed) you need to get the extended PUA or PEUC. So the issue is that the PUA and PEUC programs have had some new changes and criteria under the new law (e.g. additional documentation, you need to use PEUC before PUA), so this has meant claimants who exhausted PUA or PEUC benefits before Dec 27th, cannot file/certify for the weeks which extended coverage is available because NJ DOL is facing delays updating their systems for those programs. And as a result don’t get the $300 either because it cannot be paid because you need to have $1 of UI under PUA or PEUC to get the $300!
Final guidelines on these programs and final eligibility including additional document verification procedures to combat Fraud have been issued by the Department of Labor and then have to be implemented by the state UI agency in their systems and programs. So this could delay the actual date of payments.
UI claimants with existing or expired claim balances should be aware of the following:
- PUA and PEUC, FPUC will be automatically added to the claimants’ benefits if they are eligible for the weeks outlined in the new legislation.
- Claimants with weeks remaining in UI should continue to file weekly claims
- Claimants who will have additional weeks in UI and PUA or PEUC due to state provisions (where applicable) should watch their state agency UI portal or website for updates that will allow additional weeks to be filed.
- Claimants will receive retroactive payments for all weeks they are eligible.
- Claimants currently receiving benefits through the Extended Benefits program must finish all weeks of EB before receiving additional weeks of PEUC.
I will post additional details as they are released in coming days. So stay tuned for updates.
Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program
NJ has made all final payments under the LWA program, which provided supplemental payments to eligible unemployment benefits claimants who were unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Roughly 800,000 workers in New Jersey were eligible for up to $1,800 (or 6 weeks) in LWA benefits.
The NJ Labor Department (NJDOL) has confirmed that LWA payments have been successfully processed on October 21st and disbursed for payment. It could take 1 to 3 business daysfrom this date to actually receive payments in your financial account or debit card due to processing times across financial intuitions,. As such, I expect payments should start appearing in accounts and cards from October 22nd to October 26th. This off course is for the first (main) batch of payments. People who verified late (after Sep 30th) or have had their account flagged (e.g for further processing or fraud) may see payments a few days or weeks later.
Latest Update – It appears that the majority of New Jerseyans are now seeing LWA payments in their bank accounts or debit cards. Check your pending transactions online as well, because that means your payment will be there shortly (within 1 business day generally). If you haven’t got your payment yet, don’t panic as they are still being processed in batches and could take till Monday or Tuesday to get to your account. Calling the NJ DOL/DUI is not going to help at this stage (impossible to get someone). See comments on this article for reader confirmations of the LWA payment across various banks.
From the article comments, many are still waiting on their LWA payment and I will continue to post new information and answer questions (along with the helpful community of readers) as if becomes available.
Why payments were late – Here is the latest quote from Labor Department spokesperson Angela Delli Santi on the delays, “Processing these [LWA] payments required new programming that had not previously been tested, and it is taking longer than anticipated for these payments to go through. People who miss their weekly certification window can certify during any of the make-up times. Early on 10/21, New Jersey “intentionally took down” the state’s unemployment certifying application to [fix issues] and consolidate resources into making the $300 payments.
How LWA payments get made by the NJ DOL: The LWA payment file is transmitted to Bank of America, NJ’s processing bank, then BOA disperses the payments to the direct deposit accounts and debit cards of claimants. This whole process can take 1 to 3 business days.
If your payment is not received by the end of October or is less than you expect you will need to contact someone at the NJ DOL/DUI to look into your claim and eligibility.
The delay in payments has been a source of frustration for many NJ claimants based on the comments on this post and this official update will be a relief to many. Delays were mainly due to the volume of erigibile claimants and the work on the system/application updates necessary for this program, which resulted in NJ being one of the last states to make this payment. More than 800,000 unemployed New Jersyans are eligible for LWA payments. Payments will be made as a lump sum and retroactive to August 1st for up to a maximum of 6 weeks (or $1800) of the approved FEMA funding.
You will need to complete a one time certification/attestation (via your UI portal) that your unemployment was due to COVID related disruptions to receive the LWA payment. However those who are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or regular unemployment (UI) who previously attested to this do not have to certify and will automatically get LWA payments after October 19th, the same way they currently get unemployment benefits. See more details on the NJ LWA page.
The new LWA payment is in addition to Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) payments currently available to unemployed workers.
COVID 19 Enhanced Benefits under CARES Act in New Jersey
Under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance now available:
• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for
Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.
• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all recipients of Unemployment Insurance; retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020. [Now Expired]
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to all recipients.
Double-digit unemployment amid COVID-19 has also triggered 20 weeks of extended benefits the state is permitted by federal law to offer to those who have exhausted all other state and federal unemployment aid without returning to work permanently
Web and/or phone issues with accessing the NJ Unemployment system
NJ’s Unemployment Insurance system is experiencing record levels of demand due to coronavirus and all in-person services statewide are currently closed due to COVID-19. Some people cannot get through online or on the phone. NJ DUI understands your anxiety and frustration, and we apologize. They are working diligently to serve all our customers and ask for your patience. Please keep trying.
Existing Claimants: receiving Unemployment due to the coronavirus emergency do not have to do anything except continue to certify weekly to receive the $600/week. The additional $600/week compensation will be issued beginning April 14, for the week of March 30. It will be a separate payment from your regular unemployment benefit, and will be available to those receiving benefits until July 25, 2020. Claimants that are eligible for extended benefits will be notified on how to claim these benefits. The 13-week extension will be automatically available to you after your current balance is exhausted.
The NJ DOL recently tweeted the following top two reasons your weekly benefits may suddenly stop (claim not payable):
1) you no longer qualify under federal law
2) you answer incorrectly on our mandated questionnaire
33,000 people did the second last week alone!
See more FAQs and details on NJ unemployment rules for the new enhanced benefits provisions.
Filing a Claim
New users can file a claim online (recommended) here by creating a new account. Existing claimants can file here. You can check the status of your claim here.
To receive your unemployment insurance benefits, you must certify for benefits each week which you wish to receive benefits. You can only certify for benefits after the week has passed. Unemployment Insurance weeks begin on a Sunday and end at midnight on Saturday. You will certify for benefits according to the most recent schedule, based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). In order for NJ DOL to process your weekly payment without delay, please follow the below guidelines when certifying for your benefits – to get your money – each week.
If there is a problem with your claim that must be resolved before benefits can be paid, or if you have been denied benefits and are appealing the determination, you must still certify for and claim your benefits. You will receive “credit” for the weeks which you have claimed. If it is determined that you are eligible or if you win your appeal, you will be paid these benefits at a later date. If you have not claimed benefits and you win your appeal, you will not be paid for these weeks.
To try and speak to a live representative around your claim you can try the following numbers (but expect long hold times)
• North Jersey: 201-601-4100
• Central Jersey: 732-761-2020
• Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340
In order to apply online for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must have:
- Worked only in New Jersey in the last 18 months, or
- Worked in New Jersey and any other state(s) in the last 18 months, or
- Worked for the federal government and in New Jersey in the last 18 months, or
- Served in the military in the last 18 months and be physically present in New Jersey.
You can also apply by phone.
You will need the following information to apply:
- Social Security Number.
- Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen).
- Pension information (if you are receiving any pension or 401k).
- Amount and duration of any separation pay you may be receiving.
- Recall date (if you expect to be recalled to your job).
- Union hiring hall information, including local number and address (if you get work through a union).
- Military Form DD-214 (if you were in the military in the last 18 months).
- Form SF-8 or SF-50 (if you were a federal employee).
NEW CERTIFIERS: If you received notification that your claim is payable, check the NJ DOL schedule page before you certify. Each week, the day and times to certify are staggered by Social Security number (SSN). The day and time assigned to your SSN may change, so check the schedule page each week.
If you miss your assigned time, there is a second window of time that is open to your SSN later on your assigned day.
Additionally, Friday and Saturday are open to certify for any Social Security number. If you miss these time slots, you may use the following week’s assigned time to certify for both the current and past week.
Tyler N posted on May 20th – To everyone including, I just wanted to let you know as of Monday May 11th it seems as if “JerseyLady” was correct in her comment. The $600 retroactive and weekly payments for claimants on PUA Benefits in the State of NJ come to you a week after you get your regular weekly benefit payment. As of this morning (exactly one week after I got my retroactive unemployment) I got a deposit for $3,000 which is all my retroactive FPUC money along with last weeks $600 FPUC payment. I’m just hoping they keep coming as this whole process has been nothing short of a nightmare. And I will be wishing the best for everyone else on here as well.
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New Jersey Unemployment Tips
1 Q: Where do I apply for unemployment?
A: In general, you should apply for unemployment in the same state in which you work. So even if you live in New York, if you work in New Jersey, you should apply in New Jersey.
To create an account to apply for unemployment online go to: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/before/createaccount/index.shtml
- North New Jersey Reemployment Call Center (201) 601-4100
- Central New Jersey Reemployment Call Center (732) 761-2020
- South New Jersey Reemployment Call Center (856) 507-2340
- Out-of-State Claims: (888) 795-6672 (you must call this number if you call from a phone with an out-of-state area code, even if you live in New Jersey)
We want to know how many hotel and gaming workers who work in New Jersey are having trouble getting their unemployment benefits processed. We will attempt to use the information we are getting from you to communicate with the state so that they can continue to make improvements. Please come back and fill out this survey to let us know if you have any issues filing your unemployment claim: NJ Unemployment Link and Union Survey.
2 Q: Can I apply for unemployment if I have been temporarily laid-off?
A: Yes, you can and it is crucial that you apply as soon as (but not before) you are laid-off.If you apply before you are laid off (even if you know you will be laid-off), they will very likely reject your application and that will delay when you can start collecting your benefit.
3 Q: Am I eligible for unemployment in New Jersey?
A: To be eligible, you must meet the following two requirements:
First, your employment must not have ended for cause (like being fired for misconduct on your part). If you were laid off due to the impacts of the coronavirus, you meet this requirement.
The second requirement is more complicated and depends on when and how much you worked in New Jersey and what your earnings were.
4 Q: What information do I need to have when I apply for unemployment?
A: Make sure you have the following information when you apply (either online or over the phone):
- Your Social Security number.
- Recall date (if you have one),
- Complete name and address of each employer that you’ve worked for in the past 18 months (even if the job was outside of New Jersey) .
- Telephone number of each employer that you’ve worked for in the past 18 months
- Your occupation with each employer that you’ve worked for in the past 18 months
- Beginning and ending dates of employment
- Reason for separation
5 Q: How should I respond if unemployment asks why I’m not working?
A: Since you are being laid off, the correct answer is “lack of work.” If you mistakenly give a different answer, your unemployment benefits may be denied.
6 Q: What if I need a translator’s help to apply for unemployment?
A: If you need a translator’s help to apply for unemployment, it is best to apply on the phone, with the help of someone you know who can translate for you. If you need translation help to apply, we will try to help you. You should call (212) 245-8100, and press option 3 and leave a message.
7 Q: I have successfully filed my unemployment, when will I receive my check?
A: After your claim has been successfully filed, the NJ DOL needs to review and process the claim. NJ DOL estimates that this could take up to four weeks or longer. You need to continue to certify each week, even when you are waiting to receive your first check, so that you do not lose benefits.
8 Q: How frequently will I receive my unemployment benefits?
A: You will receive unemployment benefits each week that you “certify” to unemployment that you are at least partially unemployed.
9 Q: How much money will I receive in weekly unemployment benefits?
A: The amount of money you receive in unemployment benefits is based on how much you were earning while you were working. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development will calculate your weekly benefit amount.
Before you apply, you can use an online calculator on the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website to get an estimate of how much in benefits you will receive each week.
10 Q: How long can I continue to receive unemployment benefits?
A: Under normal circumstances, assuming you’re eligible, you are entitled to a total of 26 weeks of unemployment benefits over a period of 1 year from the date of your claim. On 9/3/21 the New Jersey Department of Labor said that the state’s extended unemployment benefits program will continue, providing many with 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits.
Any week in which you do not certify for unemployment benefits is not counted towards your number of total remaining weeks. For instance, if you are unemployed for 3 weeks, return to work for 4 weeks, and then you are laid off again, you would be entitled to another 26 weeks of unemployment benefits on the same unemployment claim.
If you have filed for unemployment at any point during the last year, your claim should still be valid. You should only need to start certifying for benefits again, you don’t have to file a new claim.
11 Q: What do I need to do to continue receiving unemployment insurance benefits?
A: To continue receiving unemployment, you need to certify for your benefits each week online or by phone by using the account you created when you filed your claim, as well as a PIN that you create when you first certify and your Social Security Number. This is very important. You must “certify” each week (or every 2 weeks if claiming by phone) in order to demonstrate that you are still unemployed. Certifying is essentially claiming your unemployment benefits. If you fail to certify each week, you will not receive benefits for that week.
New Jersey has created a schedule for certifying for unemployment weekly, based on the last 4 digits of your social security number. The windows are limited to 30 minutes, 1 day a week. Please check the schedule carefully on the State’s website.
12 Q: What if I get called back to work part-time for some weeks while I’m collecting unemployment?
A: If you are called back to work part-time and you make 20% or less of your weekly benefit amount (for example, you make less than $100 if you receive $500 from unemployment each week), you will not have your benefits reduced. If you make more than 20% of your regular rate, New Jersey calculates a partial weekly benefit rate that is 20% more than your regular rate and reduces your benefit dollar by dollar from there. So for example, if you normally receive $500 a week from unemployment, New Jersey would calculate your partial weekly benefit rate to be $600 ($500 + 20%). If you return to work part-time and make $200 in a week, you will receive $400 in benefits ($200 less than your partial weekly benefit rate of $600).
13 Q: Do I have to report to the Department of Labor that I am being paid out for my unused accrued paid time off (holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days)?
A: Receiving a payout for unused accrued vacation days is not considered “vacation pay” in the eyes of the NJ Department of Labor. However, if you previously scheduled vacation time for the week in which you are claiming benefits you must report those days to unemployment.
Similarly, receiving a payout for unused accrued holidays is not considered “holiday pay” by the NJ Department of Labor.
14 Q: How will I get my 1099 tax form if I’m on unemployment?A: 1099 tax forms will be emailed to the email address the NJ DOL has on file. The 1099 form will also be available through the Check Claim Status tool on the NJ DOL website by January 30th, 2021.
15 Q: Do I have to pay taxes on my unemployment benefits?
A: Yes, unemployment benefits are taxable. However, under the American Rescue Plan, for tax year 2020, individuals who make less than $150,000 do not have to pay taxes on the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits received in 2020.
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Your claim is dated the Sunday of the week in which you filed your initial claim. The first time you claim benefits will be on a Wednesday, 17 days after your date of claim. To receive your unemployment insurance benefits, you must certify for benefits each week which you wish to receive benefits. You can only certify for benefits after the week has passed. Unemployment Insurance weeks begin on a Sunday and end at midnight on Saturday.
You will certify for benefits according to the most recent schedule, based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN).
If there is a problem with your claim that must be resolved before benefits can be paid, or if you have been denied benefits and are appealing the determination, you must still certify for and claim your benefits. You will receive "credit" for the weeks which you have claimed. If it is determined that you are eligible or if you win your appeal, you will be paid these benefits at a later date. If you have not claimed benefits and you win your appeal, you will not be paid for these weeks.
Read our steps for certifying online, and guidelines for certification questions below.
See when your Social Security Number is scheduled to certify for benefits for the current week.
Click here for the most up-to-date schedule.
When it is your time to certify, log in to our online application and answer the questions provided.
Click here to access our online benefits certification system.
Read the information, then click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page. On the next page, after reading the disclaimer, click the button underneath "To Claim Weekly Unemployment Benefits" at the bottom of the page.
The first time you certify for benefits online, you'll need to create a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN) after entering your Social Security number.
Be sure to create a PIN you will remember since you will need it to claim your benefits each week. You will then be prompted to re-enter the PIN.
After you enter your PIN, you'll be taken to a page of certification questions to confirm your continued eligibility for benefits.
Answer the certifications questions and click “Submit.”
After the confirmation page is displayed, the system will send an automatic confirmation notice to the email address associated with your account.
The answer to this question should be YES if:
- You were physically able to do your work before you lost your job (and you lost your job/hours due to your own coronavirus illness, your need to care for a family/household member with coronavirus, or your employment situation changed because of coronavirus public health emergency); OR
- You are out of work temporarily due to an employer-closure related to the coronavirus and expect to return to your job; OR
- You are able and available for work.
If you are waiting to be recalled to your present job, or delaying your job search until this natural emergency ends or subsides, you should answer YES.
If you refused an offer of work due to concerns related to the travel/stay-at-home restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, or because you were ill with coronavirus, or because you wouldn’t be able to care for a coronavirus-affected family member, or care for a dependent whose place of care or school is closed because of coronavirus, you should answer NO.
If you are a student and just filed this unemployment claim as a result of the coronavirus emergency, and the Division of Unemployment Insurance has not reviewed your school status, please answer NO to this question (even if you are attending school online) at this time.
If you are a student who filed an Unemployment Insurance claim prior to this emergency, and have already provided the department with your school information, and your school is currently closed due to the coronavirus, please answer this question in the same manner (Yes or No) you would have prior to the school closing.
If your separation is temporary and was caused by the coronavirus emergency, please answer NO to this question. However, if you receive any type of wage while you are not working, answer YES TO QUESTION #7 (see below) AND REPORT THE AMOUNT THERE.
If you are currently paying into a pension or other retirement plan but you are not receiving payments, you should answer “NO."
If you are receiving pension payments from an employer who is not listed you should also answer “NO."
You should answer “YES” if you are currently receiving pension or other retirement benefit payments from one of the employers in the list.
If you did any work (or received any payment for work previously completed) between the designated dates, answer YES and report what you earned.
IF YOU ARE RECEIVING PUA, to avoid payment delay, use ONLY question 7B – “Other than self-employed income" – to report ALL types of wages/commissions you received this week (even if the earnings were in self-employment). In 7A, choose “NO.”
If you know you will not have work the following week, immediately (no later than Saturday of the week in which you are claiming) follow steps to REOPEN/REASSERT THE CLAIM. If you received holiday/vacation/sick pay from your employer during this week, report that information here.
The answer to this question should be YES if you are physically able to work and you are available to report to work, and you would accept it.
Being available for work means that you must be ready to start work immediately. You must have access to transportation (car, bus, train, etc.) which would allow you to begin a job right away. Also, you must have no personal reasons preventing you from working. You will not receive benefits during any week in which you are unavailable for work. For instance, if you are on vacation or traveling for a week or more, you won't be able to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits during that time.
If you are not physically able to work your answer should be NO.
If you actively searched for work, you should answer YES. Telephone, internet and in-person contacts, as well as sending resumes, are all acceptable work search activities.
Otherwise, your answer should be NO.
Learn more about actively seeking work here.
If you did not refuse an offer of suitable work, you should answer NO. If you did refuse an offer of work, you should answer YES.
Because each person is not the same and has different circumstances, the definition of a "Suitable Job" is fitted to each person, depending on where he or she lives, his or her skills, experience and past salary. While you are unemployed, you will look for a job similar to your last job (distance traveled, job duties and salary). As you remain unemployed, you will be expected to revise your minimum job requirements. For example, you may have to travel a greater distance, accept a different type of job or accept a lower starting salary.
If you are attending school or training, answer YES. Otherwise, your answer should be NO.
If you receive any type of wage while you are not working, answer YES. We will send an e-Adjudication link to determine if it should be reported as earnings. If not, your answer should be NO.
You should answer “YES” if you are currently receiving pension or other retirement benefit payments from one of the employers listed.
If you are not receiving pension payments or are receiving pension from an employer who is not listed, you should answer “NO.”
If you did any work (or received any payment for work previously completed) between the designated dates, answer YES and report what you earned. Report wages from an employer the week they were earned; report self-employment income the week it was received.
If you had work during the week for which you are claiming benefits, and you know you will not have work the following week, immediately follow steps to REOPEN/REASSERT THE CLAIM (no later than the Saturday of the current week you worked).
La respuesta a esta pregunta debería ser SÍ/YES si:
- Usted fue físicamente capaz de hacer su trabajo antes de perderlo (y perdió su trabajo / trabajó menos horas debido a su propia enfermedad por coronavirus, su necesidad de cuidar a un miembro de la familia / hogar con coronavirus, o su situación laboral cambió debido a coronavirus); O
- Usted está sin trabajo temporalmente debido a un cierre del empleador relacionado con el coronavirus y Usted espera regresar a su trabajo; O
- Estuvo capaz y disponible para trabajar.
Si está esperando que lo llaman para volver a su trabajo actual o demorando su búsqueda de trabajo hasta que esta pandemia finalice o disminuya, debe responder SÍ/YES.
Si no rechazó una oferta de trabajo debido a las restricciones en movimiento/orden de quedarse en casa de la pandemia de coronavirus, o porque estaba enfermo de coronavirus, o, porque si aceptara trabajo, no podría cuidar a una familia afectada por coronavirus miembro o cuidar a un dependiente cuyo lugar de cuidado o escuela está cerrado debido a coronavirus, debe responder NO.
Si Usted es estudiante y acaba de presentar este reclamo de desempleo como resultado de la emergencia del coronavirus, y la División de Seguro de Desempleo no ha hablado consigo y revisado su estado escolar, responda NO a esta pregunta (incluso si asiste a la escuela/universidad online) en este momento.
Si es un estudiante que presentó un reclamo de seguro de desempleo antes de esta emergencia (en el pasado, pero mientras fue un estudiante), y ya ha hablado con el departamento y proveído la información de su escuela al departamento, y su escuela está actualmente cerrada debido al coronavirus, responda esta pregunta de la misma manera (Sí o No) que tendría que responder antes del cierre de la escuela.
Si su separación del trabajo es temporal y fue causada por la emergencia del coronavirus, responda NO a esta pregunta. Sin embargo, si recibe algún tipo de salario mientras no está trabajando, responda SÍ A LA PREGUNTA # 7 (ver más abajo) Y COMPLETA LA CANTIDAD DE PAGO ALLÍ.
Debe responder "SÍ/YES" solo si actualmente está recibiendo pensión u otros pagos de beneficios de jubilación de uno de los empleadores enumerados abajo en esta página. Si actualmente está pagando hacia una pensión u otro plan de jubilación, pero no recibe pagos, debe responder “NO”. Si recibe pagos de pensión de un empleador que no está en la lista abajo, también debe responder “NO”.
Si hizo algún trabajo (o recibió algún pago por trabajo hecho previamente) entre las fechas designadas, responda SÍ/YES y reporte lo que ganó de pago durante esa semana.
SI ESTÁ RECIBIENDO PUA: Para evitar el retraso del pago, use SOLAMENTE la pregunta 7B "Other than self-employed income" para informar TODOS los tipos de salarios / comisiones que Ud. recibió esta semana (incluso si los ingresos fueron por cuenta propia). Escoja “No” para 7A.
Si sabe que no tendrá trabajo la semana siguiente, inmediatamente (no se tarda más del sábado de la semana en la que está reclamando) siga los pasos para ABRIR / REASERTAR LA RECLAMACIÓN (REOPEN/REASSERT THE CLAM). Si recibió el pago de vacaciones o días/horas licencia pagada por enfermedad de su empleador durante esta semana, completa esa información aquí.
La respuesta a esta pregunta debería ser SÍ/YES si está físicamente capaz de trabajar y está disponible para presentarse a trabajar, y aceptaría el trabajo.
Estar disponible para trabajar significa que debe estar listo para comenzar a trabajar de inmediato. Debe tener acceso a transporte (automóvil, autobús, tren, etc.) que le permita comenzar un trabajo de inmediato. Además, no tiene razones personales que le impidan trabajar. No recibirá beneficios de desempleo durante ninguna semana en la que no esté disponible para trabajar. Por ejemplo, si está de vacaciones o viaja durante una semana o más, no podrá recibir los beneficios del seguro de desempleo durante ese tiempo.
Si buscó trabajo activamente, debe responder SÍ. Los contactos por teléfono, Internet y en persona, así como el envío de currículums, son todas actividades aceptables de búsqueda de trabajo.
De lo contrario, su respuesta debería ser NO.
Obtenga más información sobre cómo buscar trabajo activamente aquí.
Si Ud. no rechazó una oferta de trabajo apropriado, debe responder NO. Si rechazó una oferta de trabajo, debe responder SÍ.
Debido a que cada persona no es igual y tiene diferentes circunstancias, la definición de "Trabajo Apropriado" se ajusta a cada persona, dependiendo de dónde viva, sus habilidades, experiencia y salario anterior. Mientras esté desempleado, buscará un trabajo similar a su último trabajo (distancia recorrida, deberes laborales y salario). Mientras permanezca desempleado, se esperará que revise sus requisitos mínimos de trabajo. Por ejemplo, es posible que deba viajar una distancia mayor, aceptar un tipo de trabajo diferente o aceptar un salario inicial más bajo.
Si asiste a la escuela o recibe capacitación laboral, responda SÍ. De lo contrario, su respuesta debería ser NO.
Si recibe algún tipo de pago mientras no está trabajando, responda SÍ. Enviaremos un enlace de adjudicación electrónica por email para determinar si debe declararse como ganancias. Si no es así, su respuesta debería ser NO.
Debe responder "SÍ / YES" solo si actualmente está recibiendo pensión u otros pagos de beneficios de jubilación de uno de los empleadores enumerados abajo en esta página. Si actualmente está pagando hacia una pensión u otro plan de jubilación, pero no recibe pagos, debe responder "NO". Si recibe pagos de pensión de un empleador que no aparece en la lista abajo, también debe responder "NO".
Si hizo algún trabajo (o recibió algún pago por el trabajo completado anteriormente) entre las fechas designadas, responda SÍ e informenos lo que ganó. Declara los salarios de un empleador la semana en que los ganó; declara los ingresos del trabajo por cuenta propia (self-employment) la semana en que se recibieron.
Si tuvo trabajo durante la semana por la cual está reclamando beneficios y sabe que Ud. no tendrá trabajo la semana siguiente, siga inmediatamente los pasos para REABRIR / REAJUSTAR EL RECLAMO (REOPEN / REASSERT THE CLAIM) (el sábado de la semana actual en la que trabajó es lo más tarde que lo debe reabrir).
New Jersey Unemployment
New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment insurance in New Jersey provides temporary financial support for New Jersey workers who lose employment through no fault of their own.
Administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, funding for unemployment insurance benefits comes from a payroll tax paid by employers. Jobless benefits partially replace income to help unemployed workers while they look for new work.
New Jersey Unemployment Services
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in New Jersey?
To qualify for unemployment assistance in New Jersey, you must meet all applicable eligibility requirements as defined by New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law. Those requirements include the following:
- The claimant is unemployed through no fault of his or her own
- The claimant is able and willing to accept suitable work when it’s offered
- The claimant shows documented sufficient recent earnings that meet the minimum required by New Jersey law
- The claimant worked in New Jersey during the past 12 months
- The claimant is actively seeking work during each week a UI benefit check is collected
No determination of eligibility can be made until you apply, so if you think you meet the criteria outlined above, submit your UI benefits application as soon as you become unemployed.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in New Jersey?
The easiest and fastest way to submit your new unemployment claim is online. Once you’ve created an account, you can log in to file your initial claim, to check the status of your unemployment claim. You can also submit your weekly UI benefits claims throughout the time that you collect benefits.
If you’re unable to submit your initial unemployment claim online, customer service agents at the numbers below are available to accept your unemployment compensation benefits claim over the phone:
- North New Jersey: 201-601-4100
- Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020
- South New Jersey: 856-507-2340
- Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672
Please note that submitting your initial claim by phone may include substantial wait times.
Managing Your New Jersey Unemployment Benefits
To receive benefits each week, you must certify that you are able to work, are actively seeking work, and will accept work if and when it is offered.
Each week, you will submit weekly certification using the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s weekly certification form. With this form, you will answer questions about whether you remain eligible for your weekly benefit, based on your work search and employment activity from the prior week. You must submit your weekly certification form in order to collect benefits for the previous week – failure to do so can mean a delay in receiving your benefit payment.
How Do I Appeal a Decision?
If you are unhappy with the decision about your claim, you may submit a written appeal once your initial determination is received. This appeal should be submitted within seven calendar days after your notice is received or within 10 calendar days of the mailing date marked on your determination notice.
The fastest and easiest way to file your appeal is by using New Jersey’s online appeal form.
You also may mail a statement of appeal to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This statement must include your name, Social Security number, telephone number, and address. In addition, the statement should clearly outline your reasons for disputing the determination. The mailing address is as follows:
New Jersey Department of Labor
PO Box 907
Trenton, NJ 08625-0907
How Do I Report Fraud?
UI benefits provide a financial safety net for New Jersey residents and their families, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development takes seriously any attempt to divert those benefits from the people who need them most.
If you suspect someone of unemployment benefits fraud, you are strongly encouraged to report it using any of the contact methods listed below.
- Phone: 609-777-4304
- Fax: 609-292-5593
- Mail: Benefit Payment Control, PO Box 043, Trenton NJ 08625
- Online: Make your report anonymously using New Jersey’s online form.
New Jersey Unemployment Office Locations
|Camden County Unemployment Office||101 Woodcrest Road Suite 127|
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
|Essex County One Stop Center||50 S Clinton Street 2nd Floor|
East Orange, NJ 07018-3120
|Monmouth County Unemployment Office||17 Christopher Way|
Eatontown, NJ 07724-1879
|Union County Unemployment Office - Elizabeth||921 Elizabeth Avenue|
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
|Hunterdon County Unemployment Office||6 Gauntt Place|
Flemington, NJ 08822
|Bergen Unemployment Office||60 State Street|
Hackensack, NJ 07601-5427
|Jersey City Unemployment Office||438 Summit Avenue 1st Floor|
Jersey City, NJ 07306-3175
|Morris County Unemployment Office||1 Medical Drive Suite 100|
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
|Monmouth County Unemployment Office||60 Taylor Avenue|
Neptune, NJ 07753-4844
|New Brunswick Unemployment Office||550 Jersey Avenue|
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
|Newark Unemployment Office||990 Broad Street|
Newark, NJ 07102
|Sussex County Unemployment Office||9 Hampton House Rd Route 206 N|
Newton, NJ 07860-1818
|Passaic County Unemployment Office||25 Howe Avenue|
Passaic, NJ 07055-4007
|Passaic County Unemployment Office||200 Memorial Drive|
Paterson, NJ 07505
|Middlesex County Unemployment Office||161 New Brunswick Avenue|
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
|Warren County Unemployment Office||445 Marshall Street|
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
|Union County One Stop Career - Plainfield||200 West 2nd Street|
Plainfield, NJ 07060-1218
|Atlantic County Unemployment Office||2 South Main Street|
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
|Morris County Unemployment Office||13 Emery Ave|
Randolph, NJ 07869
|Cape May County Unemployment Office||3801 Rt. 9 South Unit # 3|
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
|Salem County Unemployment Office||174 East Broadway|
Salem, NJ 08079
|Greater Raritan Unemployment Office||75 Veterans Memorial Drive East|
Somerville, NJ 08876-2950
|American Job Center Gloucester County||215 Crown Point Road Suite 200|
Thorofare, NJ 08086
|Ocean County Unemployment Office||1027 Hooper Avenue #6|
Toms River, NJ 08753
|Mercer County Unemployment Office||26 Yard Avenue Station Plaza 4|
Trenton, NJ 08625
|Hudson County Unemployment Office||530 48th Street|
Union City, NJ 07087
|Cumberland County Unemployment Office||3322 College Drive|
Cumberland County College
Vineland, NJ 08360
|Burlington County Unemployment Office||795 Woodlane Road|
Westampton, NJ 08060
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New Jersey saw a bump in new unemployment filings while some claimants continue having trouble completing their weekly certification process due to another string of technological issues.
More than 12,300 new unemployment claims were filed the week ending April 24, a 17% jump from the previous week, which saw a decline, the Labor Department announced.
The Labor Department didn’t provide an update on the New Jerseyans who were unable to certify after the state triggered off High Extended Benefits and intended to transition those claimants to the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.
It’s unclear how many people were mistakenly excluded from the switch, which the IT division has already rectified through reconfigured programming. The issue affected claimants who were past week 13 of High Extended Benefits, and was resolved en masse, spokeswoman Angela Delli-Santi said.
Claimants should certify Friday or during an open slot, even if their balance shows $0, she said. People who called and were told they’d be put on an escalation list should have their claims resolved by then, and claimants should not have to reach out to call centers.
“This is more evidence that the constant shifting of federal programs adversely affects claimants across the country and needs to be reformed,” said Delli-Santi, echoing comments Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo has made since unemployment claims flooded the Labor Department at the height of the pandemic.
Since March, more than 2.1 million applications for unemployment benefits have been filed, including 216,000 that were reopened by claimants who had returned to work and are seeking benefits again. The average claimant’s benefits top $18,000.
Over the last 13 months, there’s been hundreds of thousands of people facing hurdles certifying their benefits. At the start of the year, 75,000 claimants waited weeks for their benefits after programs lapsed and the Labor Department needed to create new programming. And each week, thousands of claimants answer a question incorrectly, which leads to claims being pulled for further review.
New Jersey, however, is the only state to automate the year-end review of benefits, which is federally mandated for all workers. It’s a process that would have stalled people’s benefits for weeks if done manually, Delli-Santi has said.
Under the American Rescue Plan, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and PEUC are extended through Sept. 4, which also includes the supplemental $300 weekly check to all claimants.
Since March 2020, the state has distributed $27.3 billion in benefits, including $56 million in state benefits.
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