New Jersey residents collecting unemployment are getting additional help from the Federal Government as of November 6, 2009
As reported on nj.com, President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will extend unemployment benefits an additional 14 weeks. The Senate unanimously approved this extension on November 5, 2009 as unemployment creeps closer to 10%, one the highest levels in decades.
New Jersey unemployment is nearing closer to 10% as well. While it is not the state with the highest unemployment rate (that would be Michigan at over 15%), it does qualify for these additional extended benefits. And because New Jersey unemployment is over 8.5%, it qualifies for an additional 6 weeks on top of the 14 weeks just approved today for a total of 20 more weeks of unemployment benefits.
According to the article on nj.com, these additional benefits will not be available until Sunday November 25th 2009. At that time, the state will notify eligible people of these extended benefits and how to apply for them. David Socolow of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, unemployed persons will need to certify that they have been searching for work for the last two weeks. New Jersey does randomly select unemployment recipients to present proof that they have been looking for employment and have not turned down reasonable work in order to continue to receive additional benefits.
New Jersey and Unemployment Benefits Extension-How does this all work?
As I wrote in a previous article here on Associated Content, extensions on unemployment benefits require no additional paperwork on the part of the recipient. When the initial claim of 26 weeks runs out, the recipient receives a letter in the mail telling them if they qualify for extensions. So far the extension in New Jersey break down this way:
Tier I Benefits: 20 weeks additional
Tier II Benefits: 13 weeks additional
EB (3rd Tier): 20 weeks additional
4th Extension: 20 weeks additional
The initial claim plus these extensions gives out of work New Jersey residents up to 99 weeks of unemployment.
New Jersey and Unemployment Benefits Extension-For those enrolled or enrolling in state approved schooling/training
New Jersey unemployment provides out of work residents with the opportunity receive additional benefits while going back to school for training to make them more marketable in the workplace. These benefits are known as Additional Benefits during Training (ABT). These benefits do not kick in until the initial claim and all extensions are exhausted. If you are unemployed and thinking about heading back to school, make sure you inform your nearest Re-Employment Center of your decision so you can have on your record that you are enrolling in a ‘state approved’ training program. For more on state approved training and how you may get help to pay for it, read my article here on Associated Content.
Jennifer Budd, New Jersey Unemployment Extended Benefits: The Latest News and NJ Tuition Waiver Program: What Unemployed People Need To Know, Associated Content
Lisa Fleicher, New Jersey Residents Must Wait to Receive Extended Jobless Benefits From Federal Bill, NJ.com