Beginning in April, tens of thousands of unemployed New Jerseyans will lose their extended unemployment benefits due to the state’s unemployment rate dropping below 6.5%.
When unemployment in New Jersey is above 6.5%, the state’s Extended Benefits program automatically kicks in, providing unemployed workers with 13 additional weeks of benefits. However, with New Jersey’s unemployment rate now at 4.6%, that program is being canceled.
It is estimated that the program’s cancellation will affect some 20,000 unemployed people in the state. Even if you qualified for extended benefits and have a balance remaining, you will not get it come April.
New Jersey’s labor department says the Garden State has recovered around 90% of the jobs it lost in the Covid-19 pandemic, during which time the extended benefits program doled out around $1.3 billion in additional benefits.