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New Jersey unemployment benefits end for thousands this week

NJDollars030911_optBY MIKE OLIVA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The likelihood of federal benefits ending is not sitting well with many New Jerseyans who have been struggling to find work.

The trimming began Saturday with an estimated 26,000 unemployed N.J. residents expected to lose their unemployment benefits, starting with those who have been searching for a job the longest.

New Jersey is ranked as a high unemployment state, thus the jobless here have been able to collect from four levels of emergency compensation which covers up to the 78th week someone’s been out of work, plus a round of extended benefits that covers up to the 99th week of joblessness, according to The Star-Ledger.

Because of the states slow improving progress, extended benefits for people who have been out of work and collecting unemployment between 79 and 99 weeks are expected to end.

A federal law passed in late February, known as the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, introduced a new eligibility formula that included cutting off federal benefits to the unemployed if the states employment improved.

In mid-June, Gov. Chris Christie announced that New Jersey added 17,600 jobs in May, triggering the U.S. Department of Labor to notify that the state of New Jersey that is no longer qualified to receive extended benefits.

The selection criterion also has many worried about finding a job in the current economy.

"The longer someone’s unemployed, the harder it is for them to get back into the labor market," said Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, to the Star Ledger.

Van Horn explained that not only do those people have outdated skills or experience, but they may also be from industries that are struggling such as construction or manufacturing.

 
Comments (5)
5 Sunday, 16 September 2012 11:29
DES0615
I have been unemployed for almost 2 years. The company I was working for had to lay off 80% of their employees due to the ecomony. I had worked for them for 23 years. I have never been late on my mortgage payment in the 15 years I have had it. I am starting to sell my furniture in the house to not miss a mortgage payment. I had 10 months of "ememgency fund" saved and have gone through that. And that took me years to save. I have applied for hundreds of jobs as an administrative assistant without even one interview. I even had my resume looked at and tweeked to make sure to was up to todays standard. I am lost and am starting to get depressed about the situation. But will continue on.
4 Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:40
Artis
I was just cut off in the middle of tier 2 with no explanation! Anyone have experience with this issue?
3 Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:04
CJ in New Jersey
I have been collecting unemployment since 7-1-11 and was on extended benefits until 7-7-12 when they were cut due to Gov. Christie announcing the increase of 17,000 jobs in May. We need to investigate what type of jobs he is talking about and where he got his information. Are these jobs the unemployed can sustain themselves on? Do they offer benefits and the ability to take care of yourself and your family? Or are they jobs that are seasonal such as lifeguarding, summer waitting on tables, Great Adventure jobs, etc? Shame on Christie and shame on the federal goverment for pulling unemployment benefits at a time when employment is soooo high. Governor Christie should have fought for NJ citizens at the very least. He states it is not his fault. Why? Does he not have control on what is said about our job market and the types of jobs that are available to the unemployed. He certainly was there to talk about the increase in jobs and its reflection on him. How come I did not hear him talking about the stopping of extended benefits... no warning, no mention as to the fairness. As far as I am concerned, it was an immoral and scrupulous act on the part of both our goverments.
2 Friday, 06 July 2012 16:53
Rob in NJ
There seems to be some conflicting data regarding NJ's unemployment rate. There should be an impartial investigation as to if politics distorted the figures, and reinstatement made if thousands were affected by erroneous numbers.
1 Friday, 06 July 2012 15:19
Lola Flanagan
It would have been nice to get something in the mail or prehaps a deadline of when the benefits would end. Not just have them stopped. How nice of the Gov to create more jobs, however, what do single women with children do while they
search for work and try to feed their families. Just once I wish the people who sit on the almighty throne think about the people that put them their. I'm sure Gov. Christie"s family is well cared for and for sure he has plenty of food to eat. What will happen to the mid class families? As we disapear into the lower class. Soon it will be war world 3 - The have NOT against the Haves. What will the goverment to for us then ??????

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