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Have NJ Unemployment Benefits Been Extended To 72 Weeks?

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Over the past year, four emergency federal extensions passed by lawmakers within the congress allowed federal unemployment benefits to be paid to claimants for up to 73 weeks, after the initial period of 26 weeks of state funded benefits had been exhausted.

Unfortunately, an approval for a further extension could not be obtained and the last extension expired on the 31st of December 2010, reducing the total number of weeks claimants will be eligible to receive money for from 99 to a maximum of 26 weeks.

This is expected to have a particularly bad impact on New Jersey, one of the states which had previously received the 73 week extension. With unemployment rates as high as 9.2 per cent in October, New Jersey state continues to struggle with high unemployment.

As from the 1st of January 2011, first time claimants will only be eligible to claim benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks. The 400,000 already present New Jersey claimants are likely to see their benefit terms drastically shortened, although the majority of them will be allowed to claim for at least another 20 weeks.

The funding for these 20 weeks will be shared by federal and state governments. So far, there has been no estimate as to how much this will cost the state of New Jersey.

Since the recession began, approximately 120,000 New Jersey residents have already exhausted both their state and federal benefits.

To add to the overall problem, the maximum payable weekly benefit, currently standing at $600, is also likely to be reduced as a result of being calculated according to and based on annual average wages paid during 2009.

How New Jersey and its residents are going to cope with this in the long term is anybody's guess; one can only hope for timely improvement.
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Yes NJ will receive EB program benefits.

Regular-26 weeks
EUC- 33 weeks
EB program-13 weeks

total 72 weeks

Also if NJ goes over 8% (total unemployment rate- TUR) for an average of three months there will be another 7 weeks for a total of (79 weeks).
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Where did you pull that info from, I cannot find it anywhere on the Department of Labor site there is so much confusion on this subject, I just got my first extension 20 more weeks in NJ
I would like to see this all clarified by the State or do they treat this on an individual base and the industry you worked in?
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I have collected unemployment benefits for 52 weeks and now they are suspended. Tried calling the phone number provided at all hours of the day and always rec. A message the lines are too busy and to call back. After the 52 weeks are the benefits terminated?
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I was informed that all federal Extended Unemployment benefits end on 2/27/2010. And that no more extensions will be granted.  However I also heard a different story as well, so I don't know what it going on with the unemployment benefits ...

If New Jersey's unemployment Rate goes over 8 % for an average of 3 months, I have heard that a total of 79 weeks can be collected.  It is known as the (TUR) Total Unemployment Rate.
However I do not know if this has been approved.
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I live in NJ and my work used to be in NY.
After my 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits from New York expire, can I file for emergency benefits in New Jersey or do I ahe to continue with New York.
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My understanding, there is only 52 weeks max, checking your locals unemployment again, there is no 72 weeks, especially this is a bad time of year.
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I live in NJ and my work used to be in NY.
After my 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits from New York expire, can I file for emergency benefits in New Jersey or do I ahe to continue with New York.
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My extended unemployment tier II benefits will end in june of 2009 in the state of nj. Will they continue after that?
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I have been on unemployment 15 mos. I am a mature lady and am having a hard time finding work, like so many others..How much longer before my time runs out...it is like a catch 22..no job, no money..no health benefits..
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Does NJ Unemployment go by your last years income or the last 52 weeks you have worked.
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I got 52 week unemployment ,.Now I am applying online and getting a message like , need to call by phone

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