New Jersey (NJ DOL) Unemployment Benefits and State Stimulus Programs – Updates And Latest News on Missing Pandemic Payments and Retroactive Claim Processing

The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJ DOL) via the Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) manages the state’s unemployment insurance program. This includes retroactive payments for the now expired pandemic unemployment programs.

New Jersey ANCHOR property tax rebates

Like many states, New Jersey is rolling out a tax rebate program for it’s residents. One such program is the ANCHOR program which expands eligibility via property tax rebates for those who owned or rented their principal residence (main home) as of October 1, 2019. The following are qualifying income limits.

  • Homeowners with income of $150,000 or less will receive $1,500.
  • Homeowners with income of more than $150,000 and up to $250,000 will receive $1,000.
  • Renters with income of $150,000 or less will receive $450.

You will need to apply by filing your ANCHOR benefit application by January 31, 2023, with direct deposit or rebates to be made by Spring of 2023.

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How Much Unemployment Can I Currently Get in New Jersey?

With the expiry the pandemic unemployment programs, only traditional/regular state unemployment is available for full or partial unemployment claims. The table below provides key details on the latest unemployment benefits and qualifying wage requirements.

You will need to submit a claim or certify your application via the state’s unemployment website (see section below on filing a claim) to get your actual weekly benefit amount.

Note that to qualify for unemployment, your job or hours worked loss will generally need to be involuntary. I.e. through no fault of your own or via directly quitting. Your job and wages must also have been paid/covered by an employer or source that deducted unemployment insurance taxes per state law (see your paycheck).

Further if you are being paid severance via a layoff or able to use sick leave or paid vacation, you cannot claim unemployment.

You will also need to certify for benefits at regular intervals (weekly or bi-weekly), demonstrate ongoing work availability and evidence of job search requirements to keep getting weekly unemployment benefits.

Weekly Unemployment Available with Dependents (Min – Max)$240 – $830
Dependency Benefits: 7% of WBA for first dependent, and 4% for each of the next two dependents (up to max amount)
Max number of Weeks covered in Benefit Year26
Minimum Qualifying Income over Base PeriodQualifying Gross Weekly Wage: At least $260 per week during 20 or more weeks in base period
Part-Time Income or Workers – UI benefits impactEarnings over 20% of a claimant’s WBA will reduce the amount of benefits paid dollar for dollar. You cannot work more than 80% of hours normally worked.
NJ Unemployment Benefits Summary (NJ DOL)

Why is my weekly benefit payment lower than the maximum amount?

Your actual weekly benefit amount or rate (WBA) is the amount of money your state agency has determined you and your dependents may receive for regular unemployment insurance after filing a claim. This can change weekly based on your certification or claim for benefits.

Your actual WBA is based on the amount that you earned over the states pre-defined base or alternate wage period, which are generally based on four out of the last five completed calendar quarters spanning 12 to 18 months.

The higher your earnings, the higher your approved WBA will be, up to the maximum amount allowed in the state. All earnings must be subject to UI tax (covered employment) to be eligible for factoring into your benefit determination.

Any part time or temporary earnings from employment or other activities during eligible weeks you are claiming and certifying for benefits, will potentially reduce the amount of benefits you may get.

Also note that that your state UI agency may deduct overpayments and court-ordered child support from your weekly payment. This will reduce your WBA.

What if I worked or lived in another state?

If you worked or lived in another state during the base year, you should file your unemployment benefits claim in the state you worked in and where your wages were reported. Not where you reside at the time of claim. You can file a claim in multiple states.

Your claim will be paid and governed by laws of that state in which you applied for. You will need to report this on your state and federal income taxes per form 1099-G issued by the state’s UI agency.

Claimants will also need to apply or reapply for UI benefits when they reach the end of their benefit year.

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Can I Still File a Claim for Back Dated Benefit Payments?

If you believe your claim should be backdated, you’ll need to contact the NJ DOL who will then schedule a fact-finding interview to determine if your claim can be backdated. You will still be able to receive benefits for weeks prior to September 4, if you are found eligible for a claim filed before September 4, 2021

If you are currently in an appeal or adjudication process, or have an appointment scheduled after the Sept. 4 program expiry, you should continue to certify weekly, follow NJ DOL instructions and monitor your email.

Claimants with pending decisions may still be paid retroactively for weeks before September 4th, 2021, if they are later deemed eligible.

Note that funds that appear as remaining in your unemployment account related to the federal enhanced unemployment programs will not be available for certification or payment for weeks of unemployment ending after September 4, 2021.

Federal Enhanced Benefits Have Ended in New Jersey

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

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.

$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.

NJ DOL Benefits Year End Renewal Process

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 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.

January 14th 2020 update

“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 days from 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.

Late LWA payments despite Gov. Murphy saying would be there early this week (Oct 19th)

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.

NJ LWA Payment Details

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!

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

woman working on a computer

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.

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2,225 thoughts on “New Jersey (NJ DOL) Unemployment Benefits and State Stimulus Programs – Updates And Latest News on Missing Pandemic Payments and Retroactive Claim Processing”

    • I was just about to ask everyone the same, as of 7:45 am, I have not. Hoping it comes through soon for all of us.

    • top of this page under $300 payments says they are experiencing delays and could take a few days before payment shows up.

      • Correct. And it looks like this week (5/10) many are seeing delays in their payments again. Unclear if due to NJ DOL or bank processing. Should be resolved soon.

      • Hi all,
        I am not able to process my claim today even though it’s my scheduled time and day to claim. I was able to login to the system and got an error message. Then when I tried again it keeps telling me it’s not my scheduled time. I checked the schedule and it says 8:30 to 9:00 is my correct time. There is supposed to be a schedule change effective 6/6 but not today. A bit worried because if I can’t process my claim now during my regular time or during the make up time then what?

        • I went to claim my benefit today and says the system is down but no notifications online about today only about 6/6 ? Anyone else?

        • I had the same problem but went back to the claim schedule screen and waited a few minutes before trying again. Then everything went through as normal.

        • Yes. Strangely at 8:30 I was able to login in and got an error message to try again later. From 8:31 to 9:00 which is my regular certification time I was not allowed in. Kept getting the message that I wasn’t login in during my scheduled time but the schedule said 8:30 to 9:00. I am going to try at 2:30 (because the times for next week start at 2:00 and my last four is always the second round) and if that doesn’t work I’m going to try at 6 which is the make up time. Hope by then it’s fixed. If not I will try to call Tuesday and hopefully someone can give me an answer. I’ll keep you all posted.

        • I went to claim my benefit today and says the system is down but no notifications online about today only about 6/6 ? Anyone else? Only other thing is stating tomorrow on Monday you can’t claim until 2pm? Did they do maintenance early ?

        • Maybe maintenance came early which would suck because it leaves us with not knowing what to do or how to go about it

        • Brittany (since you’re the only one that posted or replied) I tried calling in now during my make up time since online let me log in and answer all the questions but won’t allow it to process and the automated person said they are currently having system problems. Try to call again later. Not sure what that means for us that claim on Sundays but I will try to call the office Tuesday and keep you posted here on what they say if I get through. I’m annoyed honestly because this is insane. How are we supposed to get the money owed to us.

        • Do not use Chrome!!! I used Safari and was able to get in and approve at the very last minute of my make up time slot!!!!!
          Please if you having certification issues please try Safari!!!!

    • I have not got it either I don’t know why last Monday it came in later then usual but I really wish I new why it’s not here today

    • It looks like this week (5/10) many are seeing delays in their payments again. Unclear if due to NJ DOL or bank processing. Should be resolved soon and payments to come later today or tomorrow

      • I’m with all you guys. My $300 hits around 5am like clockwork. Woke up this morning and no notification of deposit of the $300. Glad I’m not the only one. Has anyone got concrete info that this is just a delay and that we should see our $300 sometime soon? Thanks for any update stressed big time.

        • I read that there was a just a little delay processing, and it should be hitting accounts in 1-3 days. I usually get mine like clockwork too early Monday morning. But seeing that I’m not the only one is a relief. Last time this happened I had it a few days later. They were working on things in the system yesterday, so that could be the glitch that’s causing the delays.

        • The NJDOL Twitter page posted an update stating that they was issues and it will be posted to accounts by tomorrow they are working with bank of America currently to get it fixed today.

        • Okay I feel a little better knowing I’m not the only one. My 300$ extra usually comes in between 5&6am like clockwork every week. If anyone knows what’s going on or qhats happening please share!

  1. I have been on unemployment for a year and a new claim was recently filed by the Department of Labor. I continued receiving my weekly benefits however the weekly amount I am now receiving is less than I had been receiving for the previous year. Is there a reason my weekly benefits have been reduced or was an error made in the amount when the new claim was processed?

  2. To Everyone. We need to all be proactive sending letters to everyone (mayor to the president). Email NJDOL everyday 10-20x’s at least. I was wrongfully terminated from my state job early 2020 for filing a complaint of harassment. I have been lead in a circle w/unemployment. Receiving not receiving money. Had a p/t job during pandemic had to quit because the store did not follow proper protocols for keeping employees safe, meanwhile I have a mom I look after who is I’ll and I feared contracting COVID and passing on to her. As we all know it appears people with underline health issues meet their demise quicker should they get the virus.
    I have a piece of shit employment attorney who is considering peanuts for a case I have meanwhile the stellar credit I had, in the toilet, life insurance, gone, health insurance, gone, rent, just about on the streets and I’m harassed everyday by my landlord. My name is in the court system as eviction papers have been filed. I want to move to an affordable place but can’t afford to w/o any money coming fr UA, credit shot, possible eviction on record. My mental health is just about gone. I realize friends and family who I’ve helped are not helping me, at all! I feel alone, I am alone. I’m praying and attending church… I speak to subcontractors everyday, yes they do call back BUT with 0 answers. My year ended and I’m forced to wait 8 weeks? I argued with a rep DAMON who wanted to “escalate” my issue AGAIN TO WAIT ANOTHER 8 weeks??? Everyone is losing and it’s sad because these workers don’t care. How is it that my employer can terminate for pretextual reasons which UA said they should not have fired me after they conducted their investigation and here I am going through the most insane storm of my life? It’s sad! There are people committing suicide because of UA! People who probably thought about ending their life but have no life insurance because they can’t pay due to UA the beautiful state of NJ with their messed up ways, they were not prepared for a time such as this. A 30-40 year old computer system? Where is the money us hard workers have put in all these years? I’ll tell you where and I’m not prejudice at all, why are there people coming from different countries able to start their own business, get brand new cars, welfare, housing, and jobs? Think about it!

    • Hopelessly Frustrated,

      Well after 5 1/2 months of having my claim escalated every 8 weeks THREE TIMES? I finally received a call this morning from the NJDOL. ON A SUNDAY?? And o needed this. Ive been without income the entire year. Well, unfortunately I have to wait another 8 weeks! Their computers are down and they finally have the time to call the people who are having problems. Instead of fixing the “clerical” error on my claim, they decided it was a better idea to call me early on a Sunday morning and let me know personally that I had to wait another 8 weeks! Lol. Thanks NJDOL! Thanks for making my stress infused weekend even worse! Soon to be 24 weeks without a dime of government funded relief. And they don’t seem to care at all. Either they’re told not to be compassionate, or they’re truly horrible people. This is without a doubt the end game for me. I’m surprised I lasted as long as I did. To all my fellow NJ neighbors on here who mocked me? Thank you for putting yourself in someone else’s shoes before speaking. My last post on here didn’t get posted. I doubt this one will as well. I believe this is place is set up and monitored by the NJDOL! Don’t be surprised if it is!!! Adios…

  3. I saw some movement after I contacted Cory Booker’s office and filled out a form for help with the delays I was experiencing. Just in case you haven’t tried this yet.

  4. I filed my claim September 13th 2020, didn’t receive any check until December 26th they paid me for the weeks up until December 19th I’m a single father and my son schools are closed so I lost my job, i still havent received a single fpuc payment of 300$ boost from the fed, and once they paid me for those weeks between September and December I kept certifying and didn’t receive pay again for about another 6 weeks and still didn’t receive the 300$, than i had to wait another 4wks to receive my next pua, and today was the 3rd wk n i received the last 3wks today but still haven’t received a single $300 payment from the federal aid….i call daily i email people and no one can answer my questions and tell me why how can I fix this

    • I’m having the same issue with 6 lil girls. They say it’s up to the FEDS to distribute the 300. NJ/unemployment customer service rep say They can’t tell if I’ll get pack pay for the time I haven’t received it or anything. I really don’t know what to do. Have faith though brother. One day at a time. May everything work out for you.

      • Hey Elliot? What does your claim balance say!? If it says filed, and there is a dollar amount in the WBR? You’re good! My claim was reviewed and approved on February 9th. The first 11 weeks were deposited and currently still sit there. Apparently my claim is still being reviewed! Lol. But if your claim status says those words? You will get it! Only thing now? Will we be around for it? I’ve already spoken to the family lawyer and my will is set! My kids get EVERY FRIGGAN DIME!! If something was to happen. Good luck!

  5. If I am receiving partial unemployment, and in a particular week don’t qualify for my weekly unem,ployment because I earned too much, will I also not receive the $300 weekly benefit?

  6. I got an email couple of weeks ago saying I will get extended for this benefit of $300 until September. I have only received $300 once in March and that’s it. I’m trying to go online and certify and won’t let me do it. Does anyone a phone number which I can reach to find out what’s going on.

    • Yes c call 732-761-2020. And good luck getting through. And if you do “luckily” get through….and it advises you to leave your number for a call back,,,they in fact will call you back.

    • Yes call the number they say for people certifying out of state number and you’ll reach someone no problem.

    • There’s a phone number right on the page that tells you YOUR CLAIM CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT THIS TIME! Call! Opt for the return call! They WILL CALL YOU BACK!! And then kick your feet up, and listen to the comedy show

  7. i try to certify this is what i receive

    the benefit year on your unemployment claim dated 03-28-2021 has expired. no unemployment benefits are available to you at this time. if you returned to work since filing this claim, you may be eligible to file for a new claim. you may file a new claim at

    • I didn’t receive the $300 this Monday 4/12/21 but did receive my unemployment payment on Tuesday around 2 am like I normally due. Any one else not get the $300 this Monday 4/12/21. This is first time I’ve had problem I normally receive around 5am every Monday I have recieved it later in the day on a Monday few times but it’s never been this late it is Wednesday now & still no sign of the $300

      • Hey there if im not mistaken you will not get the. $300 until the following Monday. Because in order to be eligable for the additional 300 you would have to had claimed for the week prior. So if you got your regular benefits on Tuesday than u will receive the extra this coming up Monday if that makes any sense . hope that helps at all. Good luck.

      • Me! This is only my third week in unemployment. First two weeks were fine now this past week I never got the 300

      • I got my $300 on Monday but not my regular benefits. I got a notice that my balance is zero but last week I still had several payments left before the extension to Sept.

        • Give it a day or two (could be a payment systems glitch). Also double check for any missed communications from NJ DOL around your benefit year end or additional verification they neeed.

        • My payments also stopped in April – both regular unemployment and FPUC (extra 300) I was unable to certify and had a zero balance notice- but two weeks later I received a notice and was able to certify- it then took a week longer to receive the extra 300 – but then I did receive both including retro active weeks. It may be that the system is updating – give it another week but keep trying to certify.

        • Apparently the billions of dollars in relief money, put into LAW buy our very own President, for every us citizen who’s filed at least one tax return in the last three years, and is also currently not working? Has absolutely nothing to do with NJ! They can do whatever they want. Review claims that don’t NEED to be reviewed for instance!

    • I have been certifying every Monday for my unemployment.this has been going on since December is now April 14.they reviewed my claim and was told my funds would be put in my account by April 11.I called them today and the representative said she has no idea what happened.she wanted to escalate the account again and I told her absolutely no.she said that it would take another 8 weeks before I might get my money.I have tried everything to no avail. I even have my Congress man working on this.please advise what to do next. I am at my wits end.

      • Unfortunately our congressman did NOTHING!! Just because they SAY THEY IT? Doesn’t mean jack squat to me. I’ve contacted EVERYONE POSSIBLE! And nothing. You think our elected officials WANT US GETTING THIS MONEY? Lol. Crooked as they come!!

    • Don’t file a new claim. They work there, but they absolutely know both about how the unemployment insurance benefits system works. Just like all of us. Well the ones who have real problems. Not the ones complaining about the free $300 being a day late!!
      Call number for workforce development!! But call before 8:30. You won’t get an agent but you will have the choice to wait or have them call back. I’ve done it 2 dozen times and they ALWAYS call you. Mostly that day between 3-6pm. Good luck. WE! The ones with real problems, surely need it!!

  8. I seem to have the opposite problem compared to everyone else. I stopped certifying for my partial unemployment last week because my hours increased at work which put me over the partial benefit rate. The week I didn’t certify I didn’t get the benefit of course but I did receive $300 this past Monday! Called someone at njdol who said I should be receiving the $300 even without certifying?!? Does anyone know if this is correct? Don’t want a problem later on, Thank you!

    • You should only receive the additional 300 once after not certifying. Or report the income and if regular benefits pays 0 you will not get the additional monies.

      • For the first time during this whole pandemic I couldn’t certify for my benefits. A error message popped up and said I need to speak to an agent. So I called and of course had to wait like 40 minutes. The agent said it was because it was my one year anniversary. They need to look over my info and claim to see if I’m still eligible! She said it may take 4 weeks. How am I not eligible, when it clearly says they extended benefits til September. Anyone else going thru this? Will I get all my retro if it takes four weeks plus the extra $300?

        • I forgot to mention I was in the middle of my 11 week extension. After the error message popped up, I checked my claim status. The WBR was $0. That’s a lie because I still have 6 weeks left on that extension. Please help!! Anybody!!!

        • Yes! I’ve been without benefits for the entire YEAR!! One year claims are automatically reviewed!! They reviewed mine, told me in February that I was good to go. Claimed one week and was stopped by the same error messages. The one week I claimed? I received! And the $300 on top too! They gave me 2 different reasons as to why this happened. One was, “my claim needed to be reviewed” which already happened. The other was, “the dates are wrong on claim and it’s an error on THEIR PART” Money was deposited into my account and is still there, now tell me how that happened if my claim wasn’t reviewed? I was also in the extension, had two weeks left. My daughter started collecting after me last year. And her yearly review is coming up. She received an email about it and was told to fill it out and provide proof of the part time job she was supposed to get a year ago!?!? This doesn’t normally happen. In NJ you could never collect for this long!! 6 months! Then an extension is granted if approved. With this virus? And people like us with this issue? They had to change everything. It a mess. Like I said, I haven’t received anything this entire YEAR, except that one week. I had to give up my “just moved into” loft, my “one and half year old car”, and move back home with mommy and daddy!! I’m 50 YEARS OLD!!! The people I’ve spoken to at the NJDOL don’t seem to care about my situation. I’ve worked for over 35 years!!! I’ve paid into this!! According to them? I have to wait!!!

        • All benefits for the 11 week extension expired on April 5, week payable April 10. I had the same issue. I also work PT and got my new claim which is half of what my original claim is. Wondering if NJ will follow the CAUW act and continue the peuc at the original claim rate. I’m very stressed over this they cut my benefits in half all because I worked! If I didn’t work I would be collecting the same amount til Sept

        • Yes same here. So today I reopened my claim totally ridiculous since I have over $6,000 shooting there and it’s supposed to be extended till Sept. May I ask how you got through? Every time I call it says due to call volumn call back in the next day.

  9. So I went to claim today and it said that my claim isn’t payable at this time. I still have almost $5000 in my balance. I’m currently in Federal extensions and was wondering if this has happened to anyone else. It says that I will receive credit for the week and it will be paid once a determination is made. But I don’t know what’s going on. I never received anything in the mail or any emails that would inform me that there is something wrong with my claim. I have been on unemployment since February 2020 but there is supposed to be an extension until September so I don’t know what’s going on. If this has happened to anyone else I appreciate any advice.

    • It seems you are up for your yearly review which is supposed to happen automatically they say mine doesn’t come until June as I started unemployment in June 2020 if you go on the website it mentions a yearly review it does say to keep claiming regularly

    • I read on the site that if you have come to your one year or exhausted benefits that automatically review your claim. You have to keep claiming weekly and once they approve or deny your claim you will get back pay. However because of the extension I doubt they deny anyone. Go to the unemployment website its all there. Good luck.

      • It isn’t Allowing us to claim though. It has the error message yet it says there is over 6 grand left on my balance and I can’t get through to them it always just says due to call volumn call back on the next day. Very stressful.

        • So I have about two weeks left before my funds run out. I only been on unemployment since November 2020. I am assuming that I will get automatically extended? I read several places that I am supposed to keep claiming every week until they review my case.

          Anyone had any luck with that? Anything more I can do?

    • This is my first time ever on unemploment so its good to know that they cover you for a year and then possibly even more. I just joined in November of 2020 due to Covid and was beginning to worry a bit especially as a single parent with a toddler on the spectrum.

    • Hey Allison!! Yea I’m going thru the exact same thing. Havent seen a dime this year!! I already knew that all claims ending on or before Dec 27th get reviewed automatically. So I waited. First week of February I received an apology email from the NJDOL! Something that’s never happened before. Lol. I received another email two days later, letting me know that 11 weeks of UI were deposited into my account. I checked, and it was there. The email also told me to claim any weeks that available. I was able to claim one week, and was immediately locked out of the system! I received the one week plus the $300, but could not and still CAN NOT claim. I spoke to 4 different people that week, and two of them had a different answer. The first woman was nice as was the last woman I spoke to! They both told me “they made an error”! The date was wrong on my claim. I never exhausted my benefits! I still had money in my account at the end of last year. The second woman told me that I now have to wait 8-10 weeks!? Because “I” never called them to have my claim reviewed! Lol. I then explained to her how unemployment works and she could read it all on the website!! She hung up!! The next woman told me the same thing, with one difference. Money was never deposited into my account! And the email I received? Is generic! Lol. I told her to check my balance! It’s on the computer screen in front of her. She told me they don’t do that. EVER!! SMH! I squandered every penny of my savings and next week? I will be BROKE!! All the money I saved to put down on a new home gor me and my kids is GONE. And all I can do is wait. Apparently it takes a few months to change 8 numbers. We’re not the only ones. This doesn’t normally happen. I’ve collected on the past and I was never hampered with an issue like this! Something happened down there. The minute they started blaming us, answering wrong when claiming, I knew they messed up something big! An apology email? C’mon! If you haven’t spoken to them? Start calling around 7:30am. You still won’t get thru, but you’ll be put on a list for a call back. Me near the phone for the rest of the day! They will hang up on you!! It happened 5 times after ONE RING!! Good luck!

      • This is the same thing that happened to me!! I got the 11 week extension, claimed the first week no problem, went to claim the second week and got claim not payable at this time. I spoke to someone and apparently someone put a hold on my claim cause I didn’t send back info about my separation pay from over a year ago. I explained to the person that I never got any mail, email, phone call about this so how was I supposed to know that they wanted more info all of a sudden. She took down my statement and said she needed to send it to the appeals department and it could take weeks for a response and to get my unemployment back. This is such a mess. My anxiety is threw the roof with this so I can understand your frustration as well. Hopefully they can get everyone’s problems figured out. Good luck to you and let me know what happens for you.

        • Done and Done:
          Unfortunately I have not gotten my issues cleared up yet. My claim status says I have money and I’m on the new extension until September 4th but when I try to claim it still says “cannot be processed”. I have called numerous times and I’m still waiting for a “supervisor” or whatever to call me back. I don’t understand why I’m having these issues. I worked a regular W2 job. Not a gig worker or any other special circumstances. So frustrating!!

        • Alyson…
          I have an email from February telling me my claim was reviewed and I was good to go. Was able to get ONE week before I was shut out with 11 weeks of benefits just sitting there! I spoke to a rep a few days later and she told me THEY made an error with the date of my claim. This sketchy “12 month review” should have occurred a month prior to December 26th! I say sketchy because there never was a 12 month review! Lol. You couldn’t collect UI for that long in NJ prior to the pandemic!! It was a 6 MONTH review. And if approved, you received another 6 months! AND THATS IT! I don’t care what anyone says, a third extension was non existent. Anyway, the woman told me she would personally “escalate” my claim to the proper department for clarification. “2 weeks at most” she said. It’s since been escalated two more times. Not including the phone call I received this morning (SUNDAY?) from the DOL telling me my claim needs to be escalated AGAIN! I’ve read every excuse they’ve used to get the red bullseye off their chests. I don’t care how old the system is, they could have HAND WRITTEN our benefits quicker! Lol. But I smelt something dirty when they released a statement about this mess being caused by claimants answering the weekly certification questions wrong? Gimme a break!! It all BS! Some think this is being done purposely!!! Sort of “rotating the stock”. This way they’re not paying EVERYONE at the same time. NJ has more ppl unemployed than the entire Country combined! Even tho NJ received the funding for this, they’re not gonna lay it all out there at one time! Lol. No way. NJ currently has a THE fattest bank account in America. We’ll get the benefits, but not until the NEW claims go first.
          We collected the entire year! But now nothing? Not one word from the commissioner, nothing in the news, nothing from community leaders!!?? NO ANSWER AT ALL!!!?? This isn’t some secret! WASHINGTON KNOWS what’s goin on. They also know that come September? They’re gonna have to extend AGAIN!! Too many ppl lost their jobs. My career is ruined!! I averaged $160k a year in 2018 & 2019, and I can’t find a job that pays $60k. It’s like that for everyone. This DELAY?…is ruining the lives of so many families! And the DOL absolutely knows this!! They also know it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. And it’s pretty friggan bad NOW! They can’t seriously think we’re all gonna be smiling in 10 weeks, it’s impossible. Even if everyone is paid in full, what then?? It’s time we take matters into our own hands and elect these D-BAGS out of their current positions. I’d be fired without hesitation if I was upper management and all our employees didn’t get paid for 6 months! What makes these idiots any different? Someone NEEDS to be held accountable. This isn’t some tiny hiccup that’s gonna be forgotten. NO WAY!! Like I said….lives have been ruined!!! Beyond repair! Getting a lump sum 7-8 months late does NOTHING!!

    • HI I am literally 4 months in since I claimed back Jan 2021. I have not yet to receive anything I was told I would get a call or an email and I have not yet to receive anything. I have to call at least 300 times to just get through once and all I get is just wait we will call you. I have since filled for bankruptcy to keep the debt collectors at bay and I ended up selling my valuables to even survive. I am a single dad of a 12 yr old daughter and its heartbreaking because she has to suffer for it. I have not paid my rent in 3 months and I cant continue to go on like this I will end up losing my home and my daughter. I have since contacted an attorney. I have to use money that is owed to me to get money that is owed to me. This is down right criminal.

      • I’m so sorry to hear that. While I am still waiting to hear back from unemployment as well I have only been waiting for about 2 weeks so far. My husband makes a good income but we still can’t live off of just his income. I had to apply for mortgage forbearance for the first time since this pandemic started because of this since I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get my unemployment back. I’ve been applying to jobs like crazy and haven’t had any luck. I feel bad for everyone going through the same struggles and I just hope and pray that everyone gets what’s owed to them sooner rather than later.

    • Im going threw the same thing my claim stoped around feburary 16 and i havnt gotten paid since and i cannot even claim bi weekly i have been stuck ever since still telling me to wait and i just passed my 8 weeks of waiting idk whats going on honestly

      • Well same thing happened to me but check your email coz they want us to fill out and submit something of proof of income before pandemic happened. And deadline is may 2 I think.

        • The deadline depends on when YOU filed! Your date has nothing to do with anyone else’s. The date that stupid thing needs to be in is the one year mark from when you first filed. If you filed taxes in 2018, 2019, or 2020 you shouldn’t have to. (I could be wrong) The only people that are currently getting THAT are gig workers. Im saying that because a few of my ex bartenders received that as well as my daughter who’s in college and couldn’t work the part time job at the time. These are people who at one time did not qualify for unemployment. What’s STUPID about this? How can someone show proof of a POSSIBLE part time job from a YEAR AGO. With proof of money that MAY have been earned. This is ridiculous!! Anyone who paid taxes in the last 3 years should be getting money!! I’m STILL waiting for my claim to be reviewed (FOR THE SECOND TIME). 11 weeks were deposited into my account in Feb and I can’t touch it because the date is wrong. And it will take 8 WEEKS to fix! As stated in a post before this one, I WILL BE BROKE AND OUT ON THE STREET IN 13 DAYS if they don’t fix this! Emails and phone calls to the governor, start ledger, congressman, senator, every one who SHOULD CARE. And haven’t heard a peep! My claim was stopped after 12 months. They reviewed it and emailed me with the details. 11 weeks, plus $300 per week for the weeks missed. “ERROR WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR CLAIM AT THIS TIME” it will be 4 months without income. Why don’t I get a job? Well my $130,000 a year job is no longer a $130,000 a year job. While this virus was in full swing, “PEOPLE” accepted that job for half the pay. My 35+ year career is RUINED!!! Ruined because “PEOPLE” who live in a house with 40 others can afford to take my job! I’ve been paying taxes and have had unemployment taken out of my check since the age of 15!! Now? When it’s do or die? NOTHIN!! I’ve posted my story on here as well as other platforms MANY TIMES. And not one person really cares. They care about that extra $300 not being there on Monday and having to wait ONE DAY! This isn’t directed at the person who I’m replying to. This is directed at the people who NEVER PUT THEMSELVES IN SOMEONE ELSES SHOES AND SPEAK NONSENSE ABOUT HOW RIDICULOUS IT IS THAT THEY HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY FOR $300! God forbid they miss that yoga class. Meanwhile REAL, HARDWORKING, AMERICANS are having their lives and savings turns APART!! Don’t complain until you actually have something to complain ABOUT!!!

        • Yes , I have received the same email just my issue is I had received a job offer a year ago soon as the pandemic started and could not get an id due to dmv closing also so I lost the job offer. So I filed under the pua and have been receiving benefits since June 2020 but when I called the company that offered me the job they said they are not sure if they can provide me with proof of the job offer at that time because it was so long ago and they don’t think they have it on record still that I had gotten the job offer. And it says in the email if I can’t prove I’ll have to pay back all benefits. Any suggestions on what I should do.

    • Hi dont want to give my name but im going through the same thing the exact same thing every week i claim and it says the same thing your claim not payable at this time what does that mean hopefully we will get retro for back payments and credit your not alone.

      • You should be made aware that if you don’t wish to share your name it does come up above your comment. It says Rhonda Mccargo. Just thought you should know.

    • Same. I havent recieved the extra 300 neither that my payment is being processed!! I dont know whats going on!

      • Same here. However, I think they will start next because last week would have been last payment had they not extended it.

      • I did not either! I have been freaking out, I was so curious if I was the only one. This has never happened I don’t even know who we should call??

    • I didn’t get the extra $300 FPUC this morning either. I usually get it without any problems every Monday morning around 5:30 a.m.

    • This should be my first deposit of the $300 coming from the new 25 week extension and nothing was posted, a couple of times during the last year of this mess it posted late by 1 day and once it took 2 days (none of those times had any holiday influence). Hopefully this isn’t another fiasco like the 11 week extension was.

    • I didn’t receive my $300 today either. No major holiday that I know of because the mail is running today. We’ll see what happens tomorrow

      • Hoping someone might have guidance. Applied last week of Feb 2021 after getting laid off. System says it can’t verify my identity and to call to get processed. Call – told I’m not in the system so they can’t assist. Try back in 3-4 weeks. 11 weeks later. I’m still in the same boat. They said they’ve “escalated” my case and that a supervisor will call (I’ve never received a call). Been able to float so far but can’t probably only make it another month. Any idea how to actually get help???

    • I did not receive the extra $300 today either. I was depending on it to be in my account today. The NJ unemployment website says there will not be a lapse in payments, but mine is not there.

    • I didn’t get mine either, I thought last week was the first week of the extension so I didn’t worry about it. I called the bank and they said no one got it today. Hopefully they sent it out today and will get it tomorrow. I hate depending on the government and hopefully in the next month I will be working again and depend on myself.

    • I didn’t get mine either!!?? No one I know did n this first time for me as well! If you do could you let me know and I’ll do same. I have boa

    • Just got a balance load notification from my bank. It was the $300 FPUC payment and it just hit my account now @ 2 p.m. Never had it come through this late usually always early in the a.m, soo weird. Hope everyone else got theirs too!

      • I’ve been getting the extra money since May except when it ended in July and didn’t pick back up until December but only two or three times it hit my account at 10 or 11 a.m. usually it always hit my account sometime between 5 and 7 a.m.. I really hope that’s the case I’m so glad you got yours like gives me hope. There was one time also that I didn’t get mine on the Monday I was supposed to and I got it on Tuesday and it was not a holiday but that only happened once and it didn’t ever happen again but I think that was my bank posting it late

        • Hey Angelina,

          I know it has been awhile. NJDOL ever make you whole by increasing your PUA amount from the stipend $231 which they gave to everybody in the beginning of the pandemic? They retroactive pay you the difference between the two PUA amounts via a lump sum payment? They asked for my W2 & 1099. They upped my stipend a little and retroactively paid me the difference in a lump sum. Regarding my retroactive FPUC from 2020, would you believe they FINALLY getting around to doing this!!! They recently canceled my claim and opened a new one for me and I had to go back and re-certify for a lot of weeks. Took me close to 1hr. Has me a little on edge due to they canceled my original claim to process this new claim so I can get my retroactive FPUC. Did not receive my PUA/FPUC this week. I vaguely remember last year when people were talking about canceling their current claim and opening a new one to get retroactive back pay. Do you remember how long they waited before they got their retroactive lump sum and when normal weekly payments resume under the new claim?

        • They haven’t gotten back to me about raising my amount from $231 but that could be because that’s pretty much close to 60% of my weekly income because I was off a couple months when I was sick in 2019. But I am still waiting for this email about certifying and opening a new claim so I can get my back pay they told me I would have to recertify each week and I could only do it on a Saturday but I never received this email. They told the Senator’s office that they sent me this email but I’ve never received it and I checked my spam folder could you please explain to me what day told you to do? Did they give you specific instructions because that’s what I need to do and I can’t get ahold of anybody I don’t employ man I’ve been trying to call them for a week now. If you could possibly reach out to me through email explain to me how to go back and recertify to get all those weeks I’m back pay I would really appreciate it.

        • And I’m so sorry to answer your question I do not remember how long they waited for that lump sum. When did you get your email by the way? Like I said I never got mine and I’m freaking out that I accidentally deleted it or something I really need that retroactive back pay it would come in handy I need to move in July and that would really help me out big-time. Explain to me that I would receive this email and go in and recertify for every week going all the way back to March but they also made it seem like I would get that money very quickly just like when you certify weekly. That was my understanding at least

        • Angelina,

          What is your email address? You probably can generate a new temporary email from yahoo or gmail if you don’t want your private email in a public forum.

      • I am yet to receive mine too . I missed certifying for two weeks ( week 6th and 13th) so I am expecting two payments and this is the first time It didn’t come through. May be tomorrow. Let’s be hopeful. I am getting the error message ( your certification cannot be processed please contact re employment and I don’t understand. That’s for week of the 20th and week of 27th) when I check my status , it still shows filed and more money was added

      • Just received the 300.00 at 3pm, Still haven’t received my back payments from February-October, Called the NJdol 17 times and every time they keep saying they escalated it and wait for an email or call. I’ve been waiting since September of 2020.

        • Glad to hear you got your extra $300.00. Strangely my regular payment is pending but not the extra $300. Hope it comes soon cuZ I was depending on it

    • I didn’t get mine either today. I’ve always gotten it on Monday unless it was a holiday weekend then I would get it on Tuesday. There was a couple times that I didn’t get it until 10 or 11 in the morning and then there was one time that I didn’t get it until Tuesday and it was not a holiday. I’m hoping that this is going to be just like that time and that we don’t get screwed over here

      • It’s coming, I didn’t get the payment this morning and it just hit my account now so it looks like NJ is delayed or something.

        • I use the BOA prepaid card NJDOL sends out for UI. It could have been that the bank was delayed posting the payment, not really sure what was going on honestly.

        • My husband got his 300 at 2pm est on boa card but I have chime and haven’t received mine yet

        • Mine came in now and I saw it on the news that they had issues posting to the bank but we would receive it later today But I am still yet to certify for two weeks now ( says cannot be processed ) and I did not receive my retroactive payment for the first few weeks of the first extension dec 27th ) they didn’t
          Pay me for 5 weeks )

    • I didn’t get it either. There may just be a delay but they will give you all that you’re owed. May just take a few extra days. My regular payment is already pending.

    • I didn’t get it . Even the payment of dec – Jan ( the retroactive payment ) I didn’t get it as well . I reached out and up till now , no response.

    • I didn’t get it . Even the payment of dec – Jan ( the retroactive payment ) I didn’t get it as well . I reached out and up till now , no response.

    • Guys? I haven’t received ANYTHING since the week of December 27 of LAST YEAR!!! I’ve spoken to 4 different people at the NJDOL, and they all say the same thing! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! The problem is, my bills won’t wait! I had a $140k a yr job, just moved into a 3 bedroom loft, and purchased a BMW! I’m 50 years old, divorced, to teenage girls. One in college!!! I’ll simplify what I’m trying to say? IM SCREWED! Job? Gone! Loft? Gone! BMW? Being sold! And I’m back at the house I last lived in at the age of 19!!! I could care less what TIME the $300 is in my account!!! I just want my benefits!!! You’ll get the $300!! Why does it matter what time are whether it’s a Monday or Tuesday? Sit back and think about what you’re complaining about, and then think of me and the 1,000 like me!!! And whether or not you really have a problem!! This isn’t directed at any specific individual! I Just hit a button to get this posted! I’ve gotten 7-10 notifications about this. Ppl complaining about the time and day of the EXTRA $$$? Really? How would y’all feel if you were in MY SHOES? I’ll give everybody the same answer I get. Your EXTRA $300? You’re gonna just have to WAIT! SMH

      • Steven, I can understand your frustration. Your situation is totally unfair & if I were you I would be calling my local Senator’s office. But you see, people here depend on that 300 every week maybe for groceries or paying specific bills and are dependent on it coming in like clockwork each week. Its disturbing & scary when we don’t see it there bc unfortunately most of us have been through something similar to what you are experiencing & have suffered to some degree with our unemployment claims. We sympathize with you but taking your frustration out on us is completely unnecessary and rude. We have become dependent on coming here to share or get information that may or may not be helpful to you, in fact you may get some beneficial advice or information that may be relevant to your circumstances if you were to ask. Yesterday when I didn’t see my money the first thing I did was come here to see if others were experiencing the same thing and it was very reassuring to see that I was not alone and that some we’re starting to get their money later in the day. I’m sorry about your job & having to move into a house you haven’t lived in since you were 19 but be grateful you have that option bc there are people in this comment feed that have lost their homes as well & ended up in shelters or living & sleeping out of their cars. So at least you have the house from when you were 19 to go back to. Maybe you should take your own advice and be grateful for what you still have & if you are that bothered by getting notifications from us communicating with each other then you can unsubscribe yourself at any time. Have a nice day.

      • Hi Steven
        I do understand your situation as I also lost a good paying job due to covid. Also single parent.
        NJ did not pay me the $1800 LWA that was given. I called the NJ Senators office at 732-855-7441. If no answer, leave a brief message and keep calling them until someone picks up the phone. I was lucky to get an angel name Sophie who helped me tremendously.
        She took my information and sent it her laison at the NJ Labor Department.
        And yes they came back to her confirming that they will pay me the $1800 owed to me.
        Please reach out to them. Only then Labor Department will escalate your case.
        It’s a shame that you have to wait this long.
        Please let us know how you make out.

      • I’m pretty sure we’re going to wake up to it tomorrow this happened to me one time before on a Monday that was not a holiday and I had it the very next day. As I stated before there is a couple times I didn’t get my money until 10 a.m. because usually I get mine like at 6 a.m. but I’m pretty sure we’re okay if people are getting it we should see ours very soon. It’s still scary and frustrating though

  10. Well it’s Monday again “groundhog day” no $300 fpuc money from njdol. They didn’t need to change any systems to continue the fpuc $300 so Murphy basically screwed us. The extra $300 was extended to Sept as well as a new extension for all unemployed until Sept. When calling unemployment the auto message says there is no federal extensions at this time!!!! The bill was signed and they said there wouldn’t be any lapse in benefits. Murphy has received the money from the federal government. Where is the continued fpuc? I’m assuming when benefits run out we will not see the extension either after hearing their auto system say there is no federal extensions. Time to call unemployment call at 8am get a call back time. Call the governor’s office. Call your state assembly person. Call your NJ senator. Let’s hold Murphy and NJDOL responsible for stealing this federal assistance that was approved and signed by Biden.

  11. Not a peep from njdol or any nj gov about the new Biden extension until September plus the extra $300 until September. The bill is passed and the nj unemployment site mentions nothing and no other government site has mentioned it. Why isn’t the news covering that nj is ignoring the bill Biden signed into effect last week?

    • If you go to, a pop up appears and gives a lil insight about American Rescue Plan. States anyone claiming will receive an additional 25 weeks of unemployment. Anyone receiving unemployment in any amount will receive the $300. The last sentence states that they do not anticipate any delays in providing these benefits to most claimants. Note- when I tried njuifile on my cell it does not pop up. On my laptop it did. Try it out and let me know what you think. I’m still not confident the extra 300 will be seen Monday morning, but they say no delays.

      • I received an email last week about it and that the funds will be automatically added. When I logged in the next day the additional weeks were added already.

        • I received and email from the NJDOL on feb 6 tell me that my claim was reviewed (exhausted mine) and to begin certification as usual. Was able to claim ONE WEEK! And get the $300! But that’s it! ERROR MESSAGES!! 5 different stories from 5 different people!! There’s $7,900+ in my account. And I haven’t seen a dime! This is ridiculous!!

        • Update Re Back Payments From March 25, 2020

          I just wanted to post here that I just talk to somebody who called me from unemployment. I believe that this call was spurred on by me actually reaching someone two Saturdays ago on the phone. I had called them because my account has been shut off since December because I had clicked the wrong box. I have started receiving those payments from December as well as the $300 per week. But this call he was asking me when I was requesting back to payments from. He dated it for March 15. He said that I would
          maybe be getting those payments but because I received a whole 2 payments of income from March 15 to June (when I filed), he’s not sure. He’s just “filling in to help out.” Said it could be a problem but he doesn’t know but perhaps not said it was not my 2 weeks of partial income from some side work.

          At least their doing something now.

        • Woke up this morning to see that the $300 supplement wasn’t deposited into my account. I was getting it without no delay since the new stimulus bill went thru. Anyone else expecting the $300 wake up to no deposit??? Let me know!!

        • I also didn’t get my $300 this morning. And I been getting it with no problem what’s goin on.

        • Same here! It took them nearly 7 weeks to pay me with the extention debacle. I got all my back pay but still..and now after only after a few weeks of “normalcy” we’re right back to this. I’d say unbelievable but it’s not.

        • What is going on had my 300 last week the 15th of March now today nothing what the hell is going on

        • They saying today is a holiday…US holiday the reason why no payment of 300 so tomorrow supposed to resume..keep our fingers crossed

        • What holiday there is nothing on the calendar saying today there is a us or federal holiday do what are they talking about

        • If you check the phone it shows it’s a holiday…US Holiday not a major or federal holiday…which we still should receive it but to them it’s still a holiday

        • i googled and these are the “holidays” for March 29th…

          National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day Special Interest
          National Smoke and Mirrors Day Fun
          National Vietnam War Veterans Day Federal
          *National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a US holiday observed annually on March 29. It recognizes veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War.

          so yeah, today, March 29th 2021 is a Federal holiday.

        • Well someone doesn’t know what they are saying cause they deposited mine at 230 this afternoon

        • Yes I completely agree with you. Today is not a holiday that is recognized by Banks all the local banks in my area are open today and I feel as though somebody just said that to try to get people off their back. In all honesty it looks as their New Jersey was just late sending the deposit through and that affects when it becomes available to us I’m telling you this is happened to me before I didn’t get it until almost 11 a.m. and only on one other occasion I got it the next day and I use PayPal which they are pretty quick about making it available. I’ve been trying to get my unemployment deposited into my online bank account with varo Money Bank but unemployment says they don’t recognize their routing number because they are a brand new bank and they were just assigned a new routing number

        • I got mine at 5:47 p.m. that’s so crazy I would have never expected it to come so late in the day don’t worry everyone it’s coming

        • I was supposed to receive the 300 today and nothing has showed up, it’s usually deposited around 6am Every Monday.

        • I have not received any money from my claim since December. I have called the unemployment office so many times. I keep being told that I will be getting all of my money and it takes time.our bills are all backed up because of this mess.this has caused us so much anxiety in our lives. I pray that we will be getting our money very soon. I am a Vietnam veteran and served two tours in Vietnam. I can’t believe that this is happening to my family and I.a lot of my veteran friends are all in the same mess.please advise me on what we should do.May God Bless all of you.

        • Yea woke up this morning 3/29 and no extra $300. I was having no problems with that extra payment until today. Guessing it will show up as a lump sump payment in a few weeks or so once NJDOL updates their systems.

  12. Wow so on the news these banks cannot be trusted so basically when the stimulus went out on friday was direct deposit in some people account like chime banking etc but banks like wells fargo captial one and chase have to wait until march 17th because the banks are making money off our money by sitting in the bank until then so basically the interest so with that we have yo wait until the 17th of march for there bullshit tricks

  13. Applied for UI jan 3 …2021 … It is now March 8th 2021….I HAVE YET TO RECIEVE A PENNY… WTF is going on in New Jersey? Has the Governor just disconnected any possibility of receiving UI weekly benefits? It is a shame ..

      • Does anyone use H&R Block for taxes? Just went there and first their system isn’t ready to unemployment tax returns. They said the system needs to be updated. Secondly, all that PUA money, meaning the extra $600 and $300 is considered taxable income. They said if I was file today I would owe a shit ton of money back. Why was there never an option to have the taxes taken out? Anybody else experience this ?

        • Yes my friend is one of them who owes because she haven’t taken the 10% but when I did mine there was an option for 10% and I was able to get mine taken out but yes for the ones that did not do it will have to pay back etc…but if you watch the news and I do believe even if you look it up that Biden when he sign the bill it’s a section that for ones who filed there taxes already for 2020 return it’s an admended return everyone has to file because in that section he gave credit if you reach 10,200 in unemployment your return will be bigger because all they took out saying we owe will be return so with that HR should look into that since the bill just passed because you will not have to pay if you have not filed as yet but for the ones did as myself we will get a credit back because Biden sign the bill as I said the section states unemployment cannot tax us for the 2020 unemployment basically biden help us

        • Wow so just watch the news and if you have chase or wells fargo or capital one bank your deposits for the stimulus is on march 17th versus people who have chime banking or union credit etc the reason why the deposit is on march 17th because the banks are holding the money because they make money off interested by sitting there for a few days when chime banks deposit the money for the stimulus on friday the 12th…these banks ridiculous like really

        • When you initially filed for Unemployment, you should have been given the option to have your federal taxes taken out so you wouldn’t have to be in this situation..I don’t use H R block, but I just filed electronically, and it makes a big difference! Hope this works out for you! Best of luck

        • I had the taxes taken out from my unemployment. I am referring to the extra $600 and $300. They never gave an option to have taxes withheld from those extra payments. Anyways, now I have a new complaint. I went to the IRS site to check on the status of my stimulus payment. I entered all my info correctly for the past 2 days and an error message keeps coming up. This is ridiculous. After 3 times they lock you you out for 24 hours. How are you gonna tell my info doesn’t match your records when I clearly received the first 2 stimulus payments. Is anyone else going thru this?? Please. Let me know.

        • They should give people an opportunity to have taxes withheld out of the extra unemployment money they give every week I agree with you but they did forgive the first $10,200 of unemployment everybody received so that should help. Also I used the stimulus locator and it worked perfectly fine for me I received mine this morning finally but I am still waiting on my tax return that I filed February 18th I have no bars and no date I guess I’m in for a review and Lord knows how long it’s going to take for them to process it. Good luck to you

      • Same here. I received an apology email from the NJDOL, and then another email 2 days later on feb 6 telling me that my claim was reviewed (exhausted mine) and to begin certification as usual. Was able to claim ONE WEEK! And get the $300! But that’s it! ERROR MESSAGES!! 5 different stories from 5 different people!! There’s $7,900+ in my account. And I haven’t seen a dime! This is ridiculous!!

  14. LOL. The Senate is not going to tax the $300 (down from $400) from the March Stimulus package. NJ wants a paper form, mailed to them, in order to remove the withholding from unemployment benefits. I did the math, I’ve already well exceeded my tax liability for 2021. I really could use that 10% in my bank account, but will have to jump through beurocratic hoops to change it to “0”.

    • So I’m wondering if this week is the last $300 supplement since 3/14 it ends. Or will we still receive it on Monday, 3/15 since it be already sent to the bank. Does anybody know? Thanks

  15. So I have a rather confusing situation. I filed for disability on 5/14/2020. I was on disability until 10/8. I was released from my job while on disability. So I filed for unemployment on 10/11. I’m on regular disability, and my 26 weeks will be up in April. I seriously freaking out as I have had no luck finding a job. Will I be able to get an extension? Or do I have to wait for the outcome of this new bill? I’ve never collected unemployment in my life. I’m so confused with some of the responses and I have a strange situation. Any information will be very much appreciated.

  16. Your information is very helpful. Will you be updating this when they hopefully decide to pass this new bill?

  17. I received my first UI payments in my bank today, But there was no supplemental payment. Did I miss the boat on this? First time filling UI in a while. Maybe I am not eligible for it.

    • Any one who receives a 1$ qualifies pretty much. The extra 300 is deposited normally on mondays. So I certify on Tuesdays and get my UI on Thursdays normally and then Monday get my 300 … so you will probably receive it Monday. The extra is seperate from UI for whatever reason. Hope this helps!

      • Thank you so much, Information is scarce.. I did my first certification on Monday and got my payment today. I hope Monday is correct. Again thank you.

        • Yes, I was so upset last week when I certified on Tuesday and Thursday got my UI with nothing extra. People told me wait until Monday. And Monday morning I received it. You’re welcome! I was so clueless until I found this site the people are so helpful!

    • My claim needed to be reviewed because I exhausted my benefits on dec 27. It was reviewed and on feb 6, over $8000 was deposited into my UI account. Claim status has always said FILED and had an amount on the WBR! Which means DO NOTHING!! As of today it still says the same thing, but I have a balance of $8000+!!!! One woman at the DOL told me the date was wrong on my claim. And she pushed it to the right department. Another woman told me that I needed to call at the beginning of the year to have my claim reviewed! The web site clearly states that all exhausted claims will be reviewed automatically! And to DO NOTHING but wait for an email. I received that email on feb 6th!! As stated above! Was able to claim ONE WEEK, and I received the $300! But I can’t certify AT ALL ANYMORE!!! The money is IN MY ACCOUNT!! I don’t believe these people really understand how important this is for ALL OF US!! If someone would at least tell me that no matter what!…I’ll be getting what’s owed? I’d feel much better. But I can’t get the same answer to the same problem from ANYONE AT THE NJDOL!!!!

  18. Please be advised I have only received one 300 dollars check I should have received 5 300 dollars checks. Please advise will when I will receive the other 300 dollars checks so fae 5 is missing. will the missing checks be retroactive so that I can receive all eleven. 300 dollar checkes.

  19. It is now February 19th and I still have not recieved my 300 on top of my regular weekly unemployment payments.

    • Depending on what day you certify, it could take a few days. Was told that they only send those payments on Fridays to the bank, so wait until Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m owed 5 back weeks and I’ll update midweek to let you know if they came through and deposited.

  20. I need to know why I only received only a 416.00 payment which only covers for 2 weeks when my claim says i was paid til February 13th so where is my money that i am owed cause I am really struggling and I need to pay my rent,put food on the table and etc.Someone needs to contact me from unemployment and explain to me what the hell is going on with my money

  21. Edward, NJ. I haven’t received a check since mid Nov. I called. Was told my case was in “escalation”. I was 2 checks into my 1st 13 week extension. I called, was told if I don’t receive a check to call in 6 to 8 weeks. I did not receive anything. No phone call nor email. Finally after over a 100 attempts! I got a woman on the line. After 45 mins of typing she told me to wait 7 to 8 weeks to call back!! My rent is 3 months past due, credit cards maxed out. Savings gone. Eatting spaghetti every 2 days! And told to wait!? Nothing wrong with my claim. Did not answer any ?’s wrong. What do “they” expect people to do? I’m really stressed out and worried! Anyone have any ideas? Greatly appreciated if you do!! What is going on here in NJ!!!

    • I also live in New Jersey. I have not received any payment since December 16. I have been certifying every claim balance was increased for the 11 weeks.I did receive the email telling me that there is nothing I had to do.the increase is automatic. I received no error message when I certify. I have called the call center and I keep getting told to wait 8 weeks. I even called my Congressman . I am a Combat Vietnam veteran and served two tours in Vietnam for our country.I am really having a tough time with my bills. I do realize how difficult it is for all the people working to try and help us.May God Bless all of them.

  22. 2/17/21
    Has anyone received the extra 300$ yesterday since Monday was a holiday? If you did not receive the 300 since I’m being told it’s only on Monday or Tuesdays would it go in this upcoming week? Please help??

      • And your from NJ? I’m curious because I did not receive mine yesterday but I also didn’t get my pay yet it says 2 business days… so I’m just confused

        • I didnt receive mine either. I received my reg ui on Tuesday. But the 300 was not loaded.. The last few weeks its been dep on Monday with my reg ui… I was thinking that the holiday messed it up but still nothing. Anyone have an update??

        • Of course I’m from NJ. I can’t believe so many of u didn’t get it. Could it be your bank?

    • NJ here. Last payment i have was January 19th $600 PUA and my regular UI. After that nothing more was deposited. I still continue to certify with no problem but I haven’t got any deposit since January 19th. No UI no PUA. It’s Feb 18 and still nothing.. dead rat here. Bills pilling up!

    • Hello Everyone,

      I was hoping someone could comment on my situation. My benefit year ended 1/9/21. I was in the middle of my 20 week extension. I haven’t been able to certify since then. I had it escalated on 1/12/21. At first they said up to 4 weeks but now say 8. Should I keep calling to try to get an agent. I do get the call back when I leave my number but they keep saying I have to wait to hear from a specialist up to 8 weeks. I am just wondering if I should keep calling or still just wait? I do try to certify every week with no success. Thank you!

      • Wait so u filed a new claim and how long did u wait to get paid its saying cannot process my claim at this time i think i might have hit my one year but i dont know for sure

        • My claim isn’t new. It hit the year mark 1/9/21. I haven’t been able to certify since then.

    • Has anyone received there 300 from nj i am only receiving 230 a week i missed 3 weeks because my phone was stolen so I did my claims last week an 3. Payments of 230 bit not the 300 everyone having this same issue

        • Goddess Howard.
          I recently started certifying for the past 5 weeks where I couldn’t get a penny, but the last 300$ payment was on January 25th, and I haven’t received anything since then. This entire situation is totally backwards and is inhumane towards us!! How can we pay our bills?? If you get anything please let me know! Much appreciated

    • If Monday falls on a holiday which it was president’s day then the deposits automatically get deposited on that Tuesday. Hope it all worked out for u sweetie.

  23. Hello. I have a weird situation with my unemployment benefits maybe someone can help.. I can only certify my regular benefits via phone not the website.. I know I am eligible for the extra 300 for PÚA but I have no idea how to certify for PÚA.. please someone help I really need it..

    • You shouldn’t have to do anything. The extra $300 goes to anyone collecting at least a buck on reg state UI automatically. Then again, we are talking about NJ, one of the worst states for UI.

    • You dont need to do anytging if you were eligible for. The weeks they are giving the 300 extra, then it will get deposited every Monday unless it falls on a holiday thsn its will be that Tuesday. Good luck

  24. My benefit claim has been stopped since November, no one picks up the phone or gives me an answer. As a combat veteran who served honorably in Afghanistan, I find this entire process exhausting to say the least.

    • So as of this morning I claimed my benefits and exhausted the 20 week extension. Does anyone know if when I try to claim next week does that federal 11 week extension just carry over or will I have a major issue like everyone else here? Hoping for a smooth transition to the 11 week extension with no hiccups, but then again we are in NJ!!! Wish me luck!!!

    • Shortly after filing for my unemployment in November it ending up stoping December 12th and said my benefit year had ended. I called and was told the problem would take four weeks to fix. I let 5 weeks go by and tried to claim on my regular day and got the same error message. I ended up just filing a new claim the other day and claimed Tuesday. My payment should drop tomorrow. Maybe try filing a new claim also? Best of luck.

    • I am a combat Vietnam veteran. I served two tours in Vietnam. I have been certifying every week .no payment of any kind since December 19th. I spoke with unemployment agents and they just keep saying certify every claim shows remaining balance and the weekly benefit rate. I am told that it could take up to 8 weeks to get my money because of the back log. We honorably served our country and this is how we are thanked. I desperately need the money,

  25. Please kindly need information for below matter.

    I’m eligible for extended benefits (20 weeks) as of 12/20/2020 ( letter from State of New Jersey).
    However i believe my benefit have passed the one year mark so when I tried to claim it during last week, it’s telling me that the benefit year on my unemployment claim dated 03-22-2020 has expired.
    I have been trying to contact the Reemployment Call center but always busy.

    Has anyone know how to solve the problem?o

    • I have been trying to certify since November 4th, there is an error in my claim somewhere that a human being needs to fix. You will always get the busy call center notification, in my opinion it is set to auto-respond at 8:15 a.m. every morning with the same message to try back the next day. In the past month I have tried to call back between 60 and 80 times consecutively, as was suggested by one post on this chain, that eventually you may get through, so far that has not worked. In the month of January, that is about 1600 attempts to reach someone. In November, December and January, I received that exact message, that the benefit year has expired and that I need to speak to an agent. About three weeks ago, my certifications started working and went through, to be returned by an email saying the claim wasn’t payable and to speak with an agent. I don’t think they are capable of correcting the system unfortunately.

    • Try filing a new claim I filed in November and didn’t even exhaust my claim however I was only able to collect two payments before trying to claim again and got an error message stating my benefit year had ended. I was told over the phone it would take four weeks to fix. I waited and nothing changed. I finally filed a new claim on my own a few days ago and am able to start claiming again. I should get my first payment tomorrow. Try refiling.

      • I’ve tried but it is said that I’m unable to because I still have a claim file opened..did you also experience this problem?

    • I haven’t gotten mine either im hoping by 9 it will go in who knows its just bullshit they knew it would fall on a holiday it should have went in on Friday in stead of making us sit and wonder the one upper guy was saying that people who are expecting money still should see it in there accounts on the 15th so I’m hoping the money will still go in

    • Please help and advise what should i do for my problems below.

      I’m eligible for extended benefits (20 weeks) as of 12/20/2020 ( letter from State of New Jersey).
      However i believe my benefit have passed the one year mark so when I tried to claim it during last week, it’s telling me that the benefit year on my unemployment claim dated 03-22-2020 has expired.
      I have been trying to contact the Reemployment Call center but always busy.

      Has anyone have a same issue like me?

        • Nasheemah, I received my regular State Benefit, I won’t be eligible for the federal $300 until Next Monday or Tuesday. However, I’m assuming that since a DOL UI Benefit Payment was made today, the stimulus $300 should also have went in.

      • Good morning, to everyone still stuck with no idea why they get that big error box when they claim, there is a very good chance that NJDOL has put your account on freeze and under review. This implies that your claim has been flagged for fraud. NJDOL apparently started doing this last month to prevent fraudulent claims, however in my case I WAS NEVER NOTIFIED by them and found out about this by calling and speaking directly to a claim adjuster, I repeat I did not receive an email or call to inform me exactly what was going on with my claim and/or requesting me to send/email documentation for identity verification purposes. It’s a joke, I know!!!
        If you’re not sure and still can’t speak to anyone please do so via email (see NJ DOL site for emails).They do reply back to you letting you know if indeed your claim was selected for Identity verification. Hope this helps!

        • May i have the email address please..I haven’t been unable to find any in all nj unemployment website (njdol,gov,etc)..

      • Hi Kevin my name is Edgard, and I had a question I’m currently collecting unemployment and I just tried to claim my week like I normally do and I got an certification error message after putting in my ss# and pin ? Do you have any idea what that could mean

    • Hello, i received my regular weekly benefit payment yesterday but still have not recieved the additional 300. My current rent is 250 a week (i only receive 96 a week currentlt as the rest is going to child support not that it matters i guess lol)& I am starting to become extremely stressed about it. Anyone else have the same issue?

      • Nikki, I have been able to certify for the 11 week extension but haven’t received any 300$ since January 25th, and they owe me for 5 weeks come tomorrow! Does anyone know anything?

  26. Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone could help me understand something? I finally received my 20 week extension, however I have not received any of the extra $300 a week. Has anyone experienced this?

    • Apryl, I’m thinking that you will not get the 300$ per week, until your 20 week extension expires and you are transfered over to the 11 Week. Only the 11 Week extension is a Federal extension, and entitled to receive the Regular State Benefit and the 300 Federal. The 20 week extension is strictly a State extension, and does not qualify for the extra money. I don’t know how long you have left on the 20 week extension, but I’m almost positive that’s what it is. You will see a $300 increase for 11 weeks when the 20 weeks expire. Once again, it’s something that seems to complicated for New Jersey to Handle, Like every other aspect of the Unemployment system. I hope this helps you.

  27. To Everyone who has communicated with me, offered help, let me vent, talked me in off the ledge, I Owe you all a very big Thank you. Especially Don S, Walt, the thinker, Nj on BS FO-Real, Frustrated in NJ, Ryan, Daniel,Sean, Debo, Robert, Chris, and Andy for hosting this site. I tried Certifying This week at my Specified time, and when I was not able to, I tried at my makeup times. Just about 40 minutes ago, I finally was able to Certify for all 6 weeks, with a confirmation email sent to my email with the Confirmation numbers.
    However, This incident has opened my eyes to all of the ill managed procedures that are part of a Useless Buercratic paperwork, and redundancies that cause nothing but Delays, and an incredible percentage rise for there to be many errors made in that process.
    I will make it my business question, and requesting how and why this has to be. My Hope is that no one else has to go through these seven weeks of Hell, the State put me and my son through. Once Again, Thank you all very, very much. I am still considering Leaving this over Beaurocratic State in the future. I truly hope that I have a Benefit Payment in my account on Monday, we will see.

      • Thanks, Scott. What is one more day, after 7 weeks? To be Honest, I’m not getting my hopes up until I actually see the deposit in my account. Stay safe, Thank you.

        • Stay positive, it will be there!
          I hope to resolve my ordeal as well as I just had to email copies of my DL my SS card and a copy of a utility bill showing my name and the address as a proof of residency to the dol fraud department… I haven’t received a dime since December 7th !!! It’s a despicable shitshow and we are planning to relocate to Maine as soon as we can!!! I’m well aware that it’s not sunshine and rainbows considering there is still a virus hovering around however the Jexit is on!!!

        • Scott, I Definitely agree with you, the Jexit is on. I actually received a email from the DOL, saying that a deposit was sent to my bank, and allow 2 business days to show up. If I can do anything to help you out, just ask. More than one person in here offered their help. If I didn’t get those Emails on Saturday, I would have accepted the help in a week or two from now, because I really had no ideas on what I was going to do to get me and my son thru until then. So I would just be paying it forward if I can help you get by, just send me an email.
          [email protected]
          I would be more than happy to help you out if needed. I am actually starting to look at some property in the next few weeks. I would Love to be out of this ARMPIT of this Beautiful And Great Country if ours. Although I Love our Country, I despise New Jersey, and I grew up here,band have lived my entire 46 years here, but enough is enough. I truly don’t want my son growing up here, where every year, it just gets worse and worse.

        • Hey Kevin, glad you got some money coming to you. As far as me nothing from my previous post. I’m hoping to get something but some people are saying they got the email some didn’t and they were able to get their money. Who knows with the state. Are usually claim on Sundays even know my clean date is on Monday but I got an error message saying they were excepting calls basically. I saved your email my friend and I’ll send you an email tomorrow with mine. Hopefully I can get some of that money that’s owed to me if not all of the 30,000 minus the taxes they take out

        • Walt, I received a phone call late in the day on Friday. The rep said it looks like it went through. She then told me that if I couldn’t Certify on Saturday during the make up hours then I should wait until my next Certification day and Cert then. It was just luck thatI the Certification went through, because I still had a $0 in my balance. The money showed up as
          I certified my first week. Then later Saturday
          late evening I get an Email from the DOl saying to claim all weeks next week at my normal time. I just gave it a shot and I was Amazed it went through. Late that night I still haven’t gotten any emails to follow instructions to figure it out. I finally got the notification that my money was sent to my bank account for deposit. I was then extatic when seen . I’m hopeful that the deposit will be there Tuesday Morning.

        • Kevin, I told you so!!!
          Thank you so much for your generous offer I truly appreciated. Pay your bills, stock up your pantry and refrigerator with food and buy something awesome for your son to put a smile on his face and move as soon as an opportunity presents itself. We are looking for the south Portland area, the school system is pretty good, or the Bangor area. I will email you in a few days with an update on my claim and thanks again.

        • Hi all, just wanted to let you know I have finally received payment. I am one of those who have not gotten a penny since 12/26. I was told since technically this is not regular Unemployment the $0 will stay that way. I was showing $0 balance but like I said, I have finally received payment today, Tuesday 2/16. Best of luck to all!

          Also, the extra $300 will be deposited the following Monday from when you get your back pay. That is what I’ve been told!

        • Jessica P, I am in the exact same spot as you. I also have not received a Penny until today from 12/26. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my text messages starting to come in around 5:30 am. All I heard was Bing,Bing,Bing, 6 times. When I checked my account, I couldn’t believe my eyes, what I was actually seeing, and it brought me to tears of Joy. To be Completely Honest with you, I really don’t believe that I would have gotten the Information and Contacts, and general Support from everyone on this Website That Andy Runs. I know that he runs it on his own Accord, and the least I can do is to Support him in anyway I can. It’s only a couple of bucks, but I feel that I need to help Support Andy as he runs it completely off n his own. I think I can at the bottom of the page. I thought I saw a place to make small donations. Thanks for the update and information Jessica. Good Luck with everything moving forward.

    • Hi Kevin,
      My NJUI problems began last spring and this site has truly been a lifeline. We are now in Delaware, but I still must collect via NJ, where we had lived for 64 years. No regrets here on making the move. No DMV lines, no sales taxes, twice the house and property for less than half the taxes… our adult children, who are still in Jersey, have visited us a half dozen times, despite Murphy’s Draconian quarantine edicts. We are happy campers. Just bracing now for when my original 13 week federal extension runs out next week. Fingers crossed the second extension, and extra 20 weeks of benefits will go smoothly. Best of luck. -Mary Ann

      • Mary Anne, Thank you for the information. I couldn’t agree more with everything you have said, as well as your views on the State. It’s absolutely absurd to me, How a Tiny State like NJ With a Population over of 9 Million people, Outrages Taxes on Everything, Fees and Buercratic Paperwork that aims to take as much money as it can from it’s citizens, Can be so Poorly Run. Unfortunately, it’s a well known fact that NJ is such a Corupt State, and it truly is the only explanation that could cause such a true Disconnect between different departments of state run Offices. I appreciate the information. I’m actually looking into Northern Maine, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska. I’m in the process now of taking a deep look into each States pros and cons, that suits my, and my son’s personal needs. This site Truly has been a lifeline for myself. I wish you Good luck, and hope you have no issues moving forward with your Unemployment Benefits.

    • Kevin, that is great news. We are very happy for you. My wife still hasn’t been able to certify. Did they send you an email or something? She still has a zero balance. I guess it’s coming soon. However, we celebrate and rejoice with you and your son. So happy for you.

      • Don, last Friday I received a call back from a request that I had put in on Tuesday. The message stated someone would get back to me within 24 hrs. Well we all know what that means. It was Friday around noon Time, the rep stated that I should be able to Certify today(Friday) if not then try during the makeup times on Saturday. If that failed, she said it “I would be able to Certify next week at my regular time). I had a error message on Friday, so on Saturday I tried to Certify on my Makeup time, (I still had a zero balance) but I tried again, and I couldn’t believe it went through. I immediately seen my balance increase, and certified for all 6 weeks. Saturday Evening I received an email from the DOL stating that I can Certify at my regular time starting this week coming. I was really nervous now, because I thought I really screwed up, and my account would be frozen, but I got confirmation emails for every week I certified for, and then nothing. Early Sunday morning around 2-2:30 am I received an email that a deposit was sent to my bank account. I missed the time for the Federal assistance benefit, because in order to get that on Monday or Tuesday you need to have Certified by Friday 5pm. So my 6weeks, actually 7 next week ( $2100), should be in my account next Monday or Tuesday. Everything looks like it should, however I can’t be 100% sure until Tomorrow morning, as Today is a Holiday. Everything in the Email I got was geared towards me Certifing this week coming. I’ll copy and paste it for you here in a few Minutes so you can see. I’m really thinking that they sent me the email after all makeup times expired on Saturday, but by sheer luck, or stupidity I tried during my makeup time and it went through. Don, I hope this helps, and you can follow along with my rambling.

      • Don, here’s the Email:

        We are writing to inform you that 11 weeks of unemployment benefits have been added to your account. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits available in New Jersey increased in accordance with federal regulations related to the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Worker’s Act of 2020 (Continued Assistance Act).

        Starting on Sunday, February 14th, at your next available certification timeslot (see link to schedule below) please log-in through “Certify for Weekly Benefits” at There may be multiple weeks of benefits available to you. If so, after you complete a weekly certification you will see a blue button labeled “Certify for Additional Weeks.” As long as the button appears, you can continue to certify for another week of past benefits. Repeat the certification process for each week of benefits available. Then continue to certify weekly as needed.

        The 11 weeks of PEUC is available in your account starting Sunday, February 14th. Your unemployment claim may still show a $0 balance. Your benefit certification will be processed; there is no need to call the Department. After your certifications are approved, you will receive your past benefit payments in one lump sum.

        If you certify by Friday 9pm, a separate payment of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will arrive the following Monday or Tuesday, depending on your bank and bank holidays. Certifications completed successfully on a Saturday are processed for FPUC a week later, as FPUC is processed once each week on Friday night. FPUC adds an additional $300 per eligible week of unemployment; the first week for which FPUC is paid is the week ending January 2, 2021.

        For the schedule to certify for benefits:

        For information on benefit extensions:

        For details on unemployment benefits and filing your federal taxes:

        To explore our benefits and job protections navigator, visit

        Division of Unemployment Insurance

        New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development

        • Don, thank you. I have been Busy all day, trying to let my lenders that I can start paying them Again. At least the ones who were willing to work with me, the Other, there’s only one who I am no longer a client of. How Did your Wife make out, Any luck? I Certified this morning, and I was very scared, However it went through with no problems Thank God.

      • Yes, Thanks Andy. Thank you for everything you do. I will be in touch with you later this week. You should be commended for all you do. Thank you.

  28. my sitch is i received confirmation that i was to receive the 11 weeks…
    “We are writing to inform you that 11 weeks of unemployment benefits have been added to your account. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits available in New Jersey increased in accordance, yadda, yadda …”

    well, went to certify yesterday (Thursday) but my balance still shows “0”. got that big red notice.

  29. Feb 12. Claim still cannot be processed even after getting an email feb 6. Saying you can start certifying. Called NJ unemployment and was told there’s no block on your account there’s a lot of people with the same issue you just have to wait and keep trying. At this point all you can do is cry.

  30. Good Afternoon everyone. Has anyone who has been waiting for a message or Certified this week wieek with a $0 claim balance Succeed in getting a payment on your claim?
    Im thinking that I got shut out of the DOL , callback, Email, ect because I have been working on and calling Reps at DOL UI every chance I got with Emails, just trying to find an answer somewhere by Someone on any progress. !!!!!SHOCKER!!!!!!, Not one Representative could give me a truthful, and Matching story at anytime.
    Thanks Everyone

    • Kevin, please follow this instructions as I was able to actually speak to a claim adjustors this morning and finally found out what was wrong with my claim.Apparently NJDOL is going after fraudsters and you have to now verify your identity, which they did not in the past. Anyhow I hope this helps you and everyone still waiting.
      Call 856-507-2340
      Press 1 then 3 immediately. Wait for the recording to end and you will be put on hold. When you hear the male voice press 1 for English and enter your zip code and immediately press the # 3 times and you will speak to a real claim adjustors. Call between 8 and 8:30 am, if you hear all agent are busy at this time please call back the next business day, hang up and repeat, you’ll get through!!! I wish you the best

      • Scott, Thank you. I will try anything at this point. I truly appreciate it. I will let you know how I make out.

  31. My husband was granted an extension in November 2020 for a claim dated July 19, 2020 and he has spoken to many people and is still waiting patiently on February 10, 2021. I pray they fix this ASAP!

  32. Many of you have expressed your anger with us over the delay,” Asaro-Angelo said. “We realize the hardship many of you are facing. Our hearts break with every email and phone call we get daily describing dire situations and I know that nothing I am saying right now will help you pay the rent or put food on the table.”
    And yet!!!!!!
    NOTHING CHANGES!!!!!!!!!
    Im actually happy that there’s a 6ft “social distancing” in effect. They should consider it a safety net from me. I don’t know how I would react if they came closer to me than that. They don’t see the expression on my Son’s face, when he asks me, and I tell him. The Worry, Despair, Fear, Embarrassment on a child’s face, so these scumbags to go eat in their private dining rooms. If it was just me, I would be Mad, upset. However, when you harm my family because of your LIES, There is no telling what a man will do. My phone number is 732-996-6858 if anybody has a problem with what I am saying in here. You also have my Name

    • I have money in my claim. I’ve been waiting since 01/02/2021, I was told I would need to speak to a specialist , I’ve been waiting for them to call, my landlord and car insurance do not wanna hear that. They told me keep claiming , I’ve been claiming, today I claimed and now it will not let me ? I need to start receiving something please , can someone help me ?

      • Nick, this might work for you as well. I’m just another citizen trying to get my Unemployment benefits restarted after they stopped on 12/27/20Apparently NJDOL is going after fraudsters and you have to now verify your identity, which they did not in the past. Anyhow I hope this helps you and everyone still waiting.
        Call 856-507-2340
        Press 1 then 3 immediately. Wait for the recording to end and you will be put on hold. When you hear the male voice press 1 for English and enter your zip code and immediately press the # 3 times and you will speak to a real claim adjustors. Call between 8 and 8:30 am, if you hear all agent are busy at this time please call back the next business day, hang up and repeat, you’ll get through!!! I wish you the best

  33. After weeks of waiting on a valid response due to misinformation from the DOL, they actually called me today after I had submitted about 12 online requests, and was told the following ” they have completed the repairs to the system, and you don’t need to get an email to certify. After you login on your regular day you should see a balance, allowing you to certify for all your benefits, including the 300 also. If you still have a zero balance, then you have an additional problem with your own account “. Verbatim I must say the rep was not friendly and pretty much accused me of calling her a liar since I had pointed out so many discrepancies in her statements. I hope this sheds some light for those of you waiting, just as I am..good luck to ALL.

    • Anne,
      My issue is that I haven’t collected since last July 2020. They owe me 30,200 and some dollars. My issue is that I can call in and claim but it says it is not payable at this time and I will receive credit. Now since last year when I filed in April. I’m thinking I have to wait to April which I think is bull but I’m not sure. And I can never get anybody on the phone they do not answer emails so I’m at wits end

      • Walt, if you are still not able to get that money, I strongly suggest to retain an unemployment attorney. If you don’t have one and based on the county where you live, go online and search the BAR Association it will give you a list of attorneys for low cost or flat fee rate.
        Also, I have not tried this myself but if you go on Reddit and search for NJ unemployment there is a phone number listed there (south jersey one)and a trick to do to get in touch with a real claim adjustor.Hope this helps!

      • Hello honey, I am terrified of what the outcome will be when the”floodgates”open tomorrow supposedly for certifying. I’m still at zero balance. They owe you that much money and cannot give you a valid response?? Have you spoken to anyone recently, like this week..also, I’ve flooded them with email.. I’ve also contacted my local assemblyman for assistance back in May. How many weeks did you actually receive any funds?? Please feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to help… I’ve been doing research tonight and found additional wording”” on their sign in page that worries me tremendously. I’d take your case to local news as I’ve done as well ( online newspaper). I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

  34. I have been following this story for weeks, and I am heartbroken and at my wit’s end trying to get reliable information from any and all news outlets. My husband’s benefits ran out mid January and he’s one of the 75k++ claimants who couldn’t certify. As of today’s date 2/9/21 we have yet to receive any email nor has he been able to certify. Update:: I just received a return call NJ DOL and the woman assured me that if you haven’t received an update on your claim that shows a balance, you cannot claim any benefits!

  35. Has anyone been able to start certifying for the additional 11 weeks? NJDOL said our claim balances would be updated this past Sunday but my balance still shows $0. Many people are saying the same thing on Twitter and they still cannot claim any past weeks. I certify today at 2:30pm but I’m not hopeful.

    • Please let me know how you make out. I’m very curious, I have been seeing and hearing from people who say that they can Certify, but claims are not payable. Please let me know later, Thank you.

      • Hi have a question about the addtl $300 weekly I got mine every week but did not receive the $300 yesterday. Did anyone receive it? Or is there an issue with nj system?

        • I can’t say for certain about your claim, however if you were receiving it it and it abruptly stopped, I definitely would say you got booted out during the program update on Saturday. The State only makes Deposits of the 300.00 Federal assistance on Monday or Tuesdays. I hope you can get it straightened out, as most of us here haven’t gotten a Penny since 12/26/20. I don’t want to be rude, but your not going to get any sympathy here for a 1time missed Federal assistance deposit. We have not gotten a Penny deposited in 8 weeks, and would love to get something.

        • I haven’t received any of the 300$ payments for a month now! The last one I got was on the 25th of January!! They owe me for 4 weeks worth and this Monday will be 5 weeks. I have no clue what is going on with this situation. Does anyone know anything??

        • Did you switch programs (e.g. PUA 1.0 to PUA 2.0) or change benefit years? NJ has been a disaster when it comes to making payments, but the $300 should be automatic if you get $1 of regular UI, PUA or PEUC. Keep trying to contact someone if you haven’t been getting the extra $300 on top of your normal payment.

    • Please post your results as I am eager to find out what happens after your certification today. I also have zero claim balance and I have my certification schedule this Thursday (I did not see the increase in claim balance as promised by NJDOL as per their e-mail last Saturday).
      Thank you.

      • Bharat how did you make out? I’m hopeful for you that you will get your Benefits. This entire situation, seems to me that everything Asaro-Angelo and the Governor said last week. Was Nothing but more Lies.

        • Hi Kevin,
          I had successfully certified for all five weeks yesterday. I thought the system would not let me certify as I had zero balance when I checked the initial claim status from their regular menu..
          But after logging on at my scheduled time yesterday, entering my name, birthdate, SSN and my PIN, I immediately saw 11 weeks of PEUC money was available to me. The increase in the claim balance was clearly visible.
          I then certified each week one by one successfully. I do not know why I was not able to see this balance on their regular menu. This may have confused a lot of people in my opinion.

          Hope this helps.

        • That is very promising news. I hope your troubles are over. That is great. Keep me posted if you get your Benefits on Monday. Good Luck.

    • Any luck Certifing today? Just Curious to see what happened with the site when you went to Certify. I’m hopeful that you were able to. if you get a chance, and feel up to it, I would Love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.

      • Kevin, I was able to certify but it still says that Not payable at this time but you will get credit for the weeks. I tried all day to get through that NJDOL and nothing

        • Walt, Thank You. That’s what I thought. I don’t Certify until Thursday, but only haven’t gotten an Email yet. I really can’t comprehend how the State can continue doing this to us.

          !!!!!!!!!!PRESS RELEASE LAST FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
          The 75,000 New Jersey residents who have gone weeks without an unemployment payment because of a snag in the Department of Labor’s system will return to their normal payment cycle a week earlier than anticipated, officials said Saturday.

          ALL LIES,LIES,LIES!!!!!! I’m actually getting so worked up over this, I’m really praying and hoping this Devil Comes off my Shoulder. I’m afraid I’m going to make the news for the wrong reasons.
          Thank you Walt for the information. I will keep you posted if I see or hear anything.

      • Hi Kevin,
        Just want to inform you what is going on with my case. When I check the claim status on the Phone , it indicates the 11 weeks of benefits were added and was correct amount.
        But on the NJ DOL website, the claim balance is still zero.
        I was lucky to speak with a representative at NJDOL. She indicated to wait until the claim balance is loaded by the system and requested me not to proceed with the certification in order to have my account not frozen up. She indicated there may be a system problem not being to load my claim balance. They are aware of this issue and hopefully would resolve soon.

  36. Just spoke with a Representative named Ayanna, She told me that some claims were going through, however others were only able to Certify, and they would be getting credits for the weeks when claims were payable. Others, are still in the same Limbo state, with no answers. My Senator is going to get to know me very well by the end of this week. I was upset, mad before, but know I’m becoming LIVID!!!!!!

    • Did “Ayanna” mention those who are unable to even certify because their “balance” went to $0 months ago, the system isn’t allowing them to certify, and nobody at NJDOL has addressed the problem?

      • To be honest, I would be surprised if “Ayanna” new how to get to the building everyday. She was completely Rude, and did not know anything about how the system works, or how claims are processed. She told me if I don’t receive an Email by this weekend to call back, she then told me it could take up to 8 weeks. Short Answer NO!!!! She knows nothing!!!!! I understand everyone starts somewhere at some point, but get Mad at me as she did for asking her questions.

  37. Everyone,

    For those of you who have children dependents, I’m sure you have read that Enhanced Child Tax Credit $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief package. Most likely it will be included in the upcoming stimulus package. IRS accepting 2020 tax returns on Feb 12th. I’m not sure how you qualify for this benefit. Most likely due to your filed tax return for either 2019 or 2020. If you can file electronically, that may be the quickest; even if you had no income, still file.

  38. Is there another GLITCH? I have not received any emails, except the largely apologetic one that everyone got Last week. I kept an eye out for the email to Certify, but I didn’t get anything. I’m not surprised at this point, I mean it was an Email that came from a New Jersey Government Office right?. I’ll keep trying to call, and sending Emails. Thanks for any updates. I get better information here than anywhere else, and that’s a fact.

    • Kevin, don’t feel bad. I filed today and got this
      This e-mail confirms that your claim for weekly Unemployment Insurance benefits, Confirmation#21039074605385, has been received.

      Your claim is not payable at this time.

      If you have a pending appointment or if you have appealed a disqualification and are awaiting a determination, you have been given pended credit for week-ending 02/06/21. If a determination or an appeal decision is in your favor and no other disqualification(s) exist, you will be paid for the week claimed.

      If you do not know why your claim is not payable, please call your nearest Reemployment Call Center.

      For detailed information about unemployment insurance, please visit our website at

      • What??? That is completely absurd. So it let you Certify, but the claim is not payable. I hope that’s not what they did, allowing everyone to Certify, but not paying on them. I have to research this further now. Keep me posted Walt, Thank you. I’ll immediately Let you know if I can get any answers.

        • Yes it is true OK sounds good and I’ll let you know if I find out anything. I’m trying to find how to send them an email again for the 15th time or more LOL hopefully somebody will get back to me after find the email information to send them an email

  39. Once Again, Lies on top of lies, on top of lies, on top of lies. New Jersey ARMPIT OF AMERICA. It’s actually worse now, because of what The Director said yesterday, Touting his IT Department that “everyone who was waiting to see a benefit payment due to the reprogramming would be getting a confirmation Email this Weekend, a week ahead of the prediction”. Next time you or your MINIONS Please don’t say a God Damn word about any progress. Back to the usless Emails, Phone calls, Ect tomorrow. OHHH YEAH, I can’t forget about that Dark Depression I’m in either. Thank you Murphy!!!!! I Loved the Touch that you guys are Truly Civil Servants. Very, Very nice Touch.

    • I received an email confirming that I may certify this week for the 11 additional weeks and that my balance had been updated to reflect this. I checked my claim status and balance is still 0. Hoping they fix this prior to Thursday when I’m due to certify.

      • Robert, I’m going to say that I hope you can. I also am do to Certify on Thursday morning my ss# start with 80. I called today and was told, that you may be able to Certify, but you may not be paid. I think this is there fix to allow people to Certify, and it will say “You will receive credit for the weeks once your claim is Payable” I’m praying this is not true,
        but two other people here who certified today told me that their claim said” it was not payable at this time”. I really hope they are not playing with us like this.

  40. It was supposed to be fixed today 2/7/21. I even received a lengthy email from NJDOL explaining that it’s been fixed and how to go about certifying previous weeks. However, today is my regular day to claim and while it let me get further than in previous weeks, I still get stopped at a window that says my balance is zero and I can’t continue! How long in NJ going to continue to play these games?!

    • Jamie, I still have a $0 on my claim balance. I knew it was to good to be true. NJ is the “ARMPIT” Of the United States. Just Lies on top of lies, on top of lies. I am so out of this State, going to a State that is Open, and I can find a decent job in my field, and Never look back.

    NJDOL Completes 11-Week Benefit Extensions Earlier Than Anticipated
    By Insider NJ | February 6, 2021, 4:00 pm | in News
    The New Jersey Statehouse and Capitol Building In Trenton
    From the NJDOL:

    75,000+ Affected Claimants Will Be Notified This Weekend

    TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced Saturday it was able to successfully complete testing earlier than anticipated to program the 11-week benefits extension onto more than 75,000 claims that expired.

    As a result, claimants who have exhausted benefits and have been anticipating this federally funded extension will be notified by email this weekend they will be able to resume certifying for benefits during their regular schedule, and will receive benefits on their regular schedule.

    “While we welcome the additional relief for our claimants, the new stimulus relief was signed after CARES Act benefits had ended – too late for most states to program their systems to prevent a lapse in benefits for all claimants,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “This current extension ends on March 13. We urge Congress to act sooner and to provide long-term relief so our claimants are not in a similar situation next month.”

    Appearing with Gov. Murphy on Friday, Asaro-Angelo said the Department prioritizes getting the most money out to the most claimants. Thus, when additional funds were made available through the Continued Assistance Act for Unemployed Workers in late December, the Department prioritized processing the $300 weekly unemployment supplement because it benefits every unemployed worker receiving benefits.

    The next challenge was to reprogram systems so the majority of our claimants could transition seamlessly to the 11-week extension, as required by federal law. That has also been completed successfully.

    There was a small subset of about 75,000 claimants, less than 5 percent of the total, whose benefits had expired and whose claims needed the 11 weeks added. That programming, too, has now been completed.

    “I want to commend our IT Division for its outstanding work to complete this programming earlier than anticipated,” said Asaro-Angelo. “We are all public servants. We are here to help people in need. It has always been our sole focus to get these benefits into residents’ bank accounts as quickly as possible.”

    • I got that email too. Today is my regular day to certify but when I went in at my assigned time I was unable to. It still says I have a zero balance and does not let me continue. I’m sure we’ll hear about yet another glitch tomorrow..

      • Yes, the same thing with me. $0 balance, and I’m still getting error. That’s why I will never believe anything the State says until I actually see it. Especially with Murphy!!!! I’ll keep checking, and posting my finds. Good Luck.

    • Has anyone gotten the Email saying that they can start Certifing for benefits again? As of now, I have not, just the Email saying this week by the 12th they were hoping to have everyone programed.

      • My boyfriend received it and certified yesterday for the first time since December! 11 weeks was add to his balance .

        • Thank you Jessica. I’m assuming he’s one of the lucky ones from what I have been reading. Maybe More people will be able to Certify Tomorrow, or have Benefits added to their accounts that have been at $0 since 12/26/20. What a nightmare. Thank you for the update.

      • I have not received an email and have gotten no extensions, my yearly benefit expired on 12/12/20 I was never put on any extension and have worked for years for the same company. I made 432 calls in 1 day praying someone at unemployment would answer I could not reach a human until 12/30/20, was told I’d get a call back in 4 weeks it’s been 6 weeks and nothing. It seems like they forgot about many of us who’s claims expired in Dec. It’s disgusting how we are treated, hard working people stuck at the mercy off a broken system, which has been broken for many years anyone who’s collected over the years can attest to that. So someone please stop saying you understand our frustrations because thats a LIE. Fix this please!!!!

        • I haven’t received any email from the DOL but I have received a return phone call from them yesterday wherein they stated that the system will be working properly on February 12th. The major issue is that you must have a balance in your account in order to certify. My balance has been zero since January 16th. I hope this helps someone out there suffering with the same misinformation that the media provided on an earlier press conference. Good luck to all


  42. I also just got this Email today. However today is my day to Certify. I’m hopeful, but I know it’s just a temporary attempt to appease us who are suffering because of the Unfavorable Media attention Murphy got this week. However, I’m am not going to stop Calling Senators, Congressman, DOL, Ect until I can Certify for Weekly benefits again.

    We are sorry that it is taking longer than we would like to make continued unemployment benefits available to you. Please know there is nothing you need to do at this time. We are hopeful that soon we will have your unemployment account updated and showing an increased claim balance. NJDOL understands that waiting for these benefits is stressful and a burden to you and your families; our staff remains dedicated and determined to make these benefits available as soon as possible.

    Once your claim has been updated, you will receive an email notification that your claim is again ready for weekly benefit certifications, according to the social security number-based schedule.

    After you log-in at “Certify for Weekly Benefits” at, there may be multiple weeks of benefits available to you. If so, after you complete a weekly certification you will see a blue button labeled “Certify for Additional Weeks.” As long as the button appears, you can continue to certify for another week of benefits. Repeat the certification process for each week of benefits available.

    After your certifications are approved, you will receive your past benefits payment in one lump sum; a separate payment of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will arrive the following Monday or Tuesday, depending on your bank. FPUC adds an additional $300 per eligible week of unemployment after 12/27/20.

    We apologize for the delay in making these benefits available to you.

      • Scott, Thank you I’ll believe it when I see it. I wonder what f they will let people Certify for that week, during the missed/ makeup times or if you will have to wait for the following week. I guess Time will tell. That’s for the info.

        • Agreed! In the conference today he claimed that all those 75000 people should be able to claim again and get all that retroactive payments if owed to them. I truly hope this is it!

        • I do as well Scott, Thank you. I just find it hard to believe that as soon as the Media started asking questions about this, we all get an “We’re Sorry” Email and then we get a promising Date to start collecting benefits again. I really hope it all holds true. That’s again Scott.

    • Kevin McGinley that is the exact same email I received, but I was able to speak to someone at DOL and they gave me update which I posted on here, effective as of yesterday when she called.

        • When I spoke to them yesterday I was told that February 12th is the official day that people will be able to certify. But there was some confusion in her response, as she told me that you must have a balance in your account in order to certify ( this applies to us 75k that are in limbo) so continue checking your account balance come this weekend, and according to her, once you see a balance when you check your status, you’ll be able to certify.. I’m praying this is true because I haven’t had income since January 12th. I hope this helps you and whoever else is suffering.

    • I received notice from NJ DOL informing me to certify for retroactive benefits from. The FPUC $600 payments I never received from April 2020, yet when I claim benefits there was no button “Claim Additional Benefits” so we’re talking a year later and still no access to get benefits that’s due to me?

      • Frustrated, you received the email with instructions to certify for the retroactive weeks that you are due? I’ve been waiting and waiting for this email and I have still yet to get it.

  43. Just received the following from NJ DOL stating they are “hopeful” that we can begin certifying again, but still no date when it will happen:
    “We are sorry that it is taking longer than we would like to make continued unemployment benefits available to you. Please know there is nothing you need to do at this time. We are hopeful that soon we will have your unemployment account updated and showing an increased claim balance. NJDOL understands that waiting for these benefits is stressful and a burden to you and your families; our staff remains dedicated and determined to make these benefits available as soon as possible. Once your claim has been updated, you will receive an email notification that your claim is again ready for weekly benefit certifications, according to the social security number-based schedule. After you log-in at “Certify for Weekly Benefits” at, there may be multiple weeks of benefits available to you. If so, after you complete a weekly certification you will see a blue button labeled “Certify for Additional Weeks.” As long as the button appears, you can continue to certify for another week of benefits. Repeat the certification process for each week of benefits available. After your certifications are approved, you will receive your past benefits payment in one lump sum; a separate payment of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will arrive the following Monday or Tuesday, depending on your bank. FPUC adds an additional $300 per eligible week of unemployment after 12/27/20. We apologize for the delay in making these benefits available to you.”

    • Hey everyone, I have some questions if anyone is able to help me. So I was supposed to start my 20 week extension in December but I got a letter saying I was ineligible. So I appealed it. And I also read that if you were ineligible for the 20 week extension I could be eligible to move me over to PUA but I haven’t heard anything from NJDOL informing me of moving me over to PUA. And still have not recieved an appeal date. So when the beginning of February hit , my year had hit to do a new claim. Confused of if I should do a new claim , well I ended up just doing a new claim cause nothing was happening with my old claim. Well now I can’t even certify weekly even though I wasn’t getting paid since December anyway but atleast I was able to certify. And now i got a letter saying I am ineligible for the new claim i put in. And now when i go to NJDOL website the pop up says not to start a new claim which now I’m screwed cause i already did. So now what happens with my 20 week extension appeal or moving me over to PUA. I don’t know what to do and I’m so stressed out. I’m on my way to be homeless and I’m so depressed. If anyone has any pointers please please let me know. Much appreciated. Thank you.

  44. I Filedto re-open a claim on December 4 it is now February 5 and I still have not gotten not one Weekly benefit they keep telling me they don’t know what the problem is everything on your computer says that I am OK it’s another department to where a guy just has to approve it push a button but they don’t have the phone number for that department it’s only outgoing calls only this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my life meanwhile I am losing everything

    • NJDOL STOPPED ME FROM CERTIFYING WITH 2 weeks left from the last Ext in 2020. My claim has been pushed around for 16 weeks. It should have never been stopped for a review. But it was. And it was approved. Original 11 weeks were deposited and currently sit in my account. But I can’t touch it. It will be 26 weeks before I see any benefits. I’ll be dead by then!! NJDOL is the most half assed organization in the history of organizations!! May god have mercy on all your souls. Cause I’m homeless and life less. Soon to be phoneless so I won’t know if I can or can’t certify anyway. 18 months ago: 6 figure job, brand new 3 bedroom loft. 12 month old BMW. $35k saved for a two family! ALL GONE!! NJDOL DOES NOT GIVE A SH£T. I’m not special, and I need to wait like everyone else. Wait over 25 weeks that is. Think the NJDOL WILL finally answer my 59 tweets when I’m dead? Who cares? Commissioner is an a$$h0le. Wouldn’t know how to do his job if the directions hit him in his fat F¥€kin head!!

      • Anyone having issues claiming this morning? I received the error message that the site is down. Is it because it’s a Holiday? Let me know. Thanks

        • At the very last minute I was able to process my claim but on a laptop. I usually use my cellphone.

        • Hello Andy, I tried to certify yesterday as well and couldn’t do do. When are we supposed to certify since we couldn’t do so yesterday? Friday? Does this affect the 300 as well because it usually gets deposited on Monday ( today) but since it’s a holiday, does that affect this as well? Appreciate any advice.

        • Josette, I had the same problem.. when are we supposed to certify since we missed yesterday.. Friday?

        • At the very last min I was able to certify Sunday. But yes Friday you have to certify as a make up.

  45. What are the odds that NJ DOL has to MANUALLY add the 11 weeks of extended benefits to each account? Could this possibly be the reason we still have not been told to start certifying again? But don’t despair… we can all take solace in the fact that NJ DOL has “great empathy” for those of us waiting day after day, week after week, month after month for payments!

    • Just got off the phone with my “call back” agent, 24 hrs later. Useless. Told me NOT to certify & to wait until I get notification to certify for the 11 wk extension. I told her I received a notice in the mail that I was eligible for a 20 week extension and she said that was a mistake. REALLY??? Snaggletooth is really starting to annoy me now.

      • Dis they say why they are telling us not to certify weekly …that’s what I sont understand ..why keep telling us not to certify if normally they would tell us to verify until our benefits are payable …that’s how I can tell they are doing something wrong or doing something with our money ..maybe investing and making money of it before they give us the money

        • U hit the nail on da head with a sludge hammer, just don’t make no sense at all, with all the technology in da world, bout to b homeless, foodless& all bu th da talking bout they care,yea day do care for themselves. How long can it possibly take to restart a program already in da system

    • The reason for this? WELL…Despite all the sheltered non believers, who believe the government isn’t crooked as F! The NJDOL IS HOLDING BACK!! NJ has more unemployed people than the entire US combined! And instead of paying EVERY ONE at ONE TIME, they’re cycling social security numbers. And holding their money!! This isn’t something that needs reviewing!! This money was granted BY THE PRESIDENT to help the ppl who can’t live as they once did! The fact that they need to REVIEW ANYTHING makes me sick! Anyone who’s paid taxes in the last 3 years should be getting this AUTOMATICALLY if they opened a claim yesterday, or 15 months ago! This is all BS!! I was cut off at the end of last year because I exhausted my claim balance. FALSE!! Had two weeks left IN MY ACCOUNT!! Their rules SAY “anyone who exhausted their benefits on or BEFORE deciding 26th? Need to be reviewed!! So right there it says they F’d up. I haven’t seen one penny since December 26th of last year. I’ve LOST EVERYTHING!! Apartment, car, and my 35 year career!! I’m 50 years old with one daughter in college and the other almost ready!! I’m currently living in my PARENTS BASEMENT!! And want to slit my friggan wrist!!! My claim was reviewed on February 4th and 11 weeks were deposited into my claim balance. But I can’t touch it because the date on the claim is wrong and it needs to be escalated to the proper department for REVIEW!! Does the NJDOL always deposit $8000 into an account before it’s reviewed? I’ve spoken to many different ppl at the DOL. ALL WITH DIFFERENT EXCUSES!! Last Thursday I was told my claim would be good to go the following Monday. Received nothing! No email, phone call, or a friggan letter!! So I of course had to call again, only to be told I had to have my claim reviewed AGAIN!! And I’ll need to wait another 4-8 weeks. Lol. I’ll be dead!!!

      • Did anyone else not get $300 supplement today?? As of 7am I haven’t received anything into my direct deposit. Please let me know. This is very frustrating when bills are due!!!!

        • I haven’t gotten mine either and it is very frustrating last time mine was late I didnt get it until late in the afternoon so we will see its so ridiculous

        • No one has in nj. I just talked to channel 7 about it. NJDOL is absolutely rediculas. It’s not the banks. Itd NJDOL messing things up once again

        • What are you saying do you know for a fact we aren’t getting it today or just saying it because you haven’t gotten it this morning it may be late it has been late before one time mine didn’t enter my account until 1or 2 in the afternoon

  46. Has anyone exhausted their 20 week extension and got the 11 week extension? I have 6 weeks left on my 20 week extension and I’m assuming I would get that extension next but I wanted to know if anyone could verify this for me. I’m sure someone has answered this already but it was taking forever to read through the comments.

    • I have 2 weeks left before I exhaust my 20 week extension. So I guess I will soon find out. Hoping for an easy transition.

      • My benefits were exhausted on 12/26 and I have still yet to receive the go ahead to file with the additional 11 weeks.. like several others. Hope it’s easier for you!! By the time you run out they should have the proper systems in place. I heard by “mid February”.

        • Sweets? Same damn thing!! Only difference is, my claim was reviewed!! And the 11 weeks worth of benefits WERE DEPOSITED AND CURRENTLY SIT in my claim balance. But they have to review it AGIAN. For the 3rd time. Without askin for your social, I bet the last 4 digits of yours fall between 8000 and 9000? And to all the ppl complaining about the $300 checks? Stop! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, who cares?? So it’s a day or two late? Step inside Jessica’s shoes for 16 weeks!! Or mine? And not only will you NOT receive that $300, you’ll also not receive a FRIGGAN THING. I understand your frustration! I truly do. But for once? Just once? Put yourself in other ppl lives and THINK! So many ppl lost everything because of a 4 month wait!! For standard unemployment!!! And have a daughter in college maintaining a 3.9 GPA because two years ago I promised her a brand new! Because my new job paid 6 figures!! And it’s all GONE. SO PLEASE! Have some respect for ppl with bigger problems. I wish I had your day late check!!!

    • reported today that:
      “While hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey had the 11 weeks added to their benefits without interruptions under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act, many are experiencing delays while the state Labor Department updates its system”.

      “People who are in the middle of their 20 weeks of extended benefits will finish out that benefit until it’s exhausted, then will transition to the 11 weeks, the state said. But some are in limbo as they wait for the 11-week benefit to start if they haven’t already started the 20-week extension”.

      • Thank you so much for your response. I feel much more relieved now. Good luck everyone! I know a lot of you are still waiting for the extension to kick in.

        • YW Alyson. I know how u and many others here feel not knowing what’s going on.
          Like Tom petty said waiting is the hardest part.

    • By the time u finished with the 6weeks everything will b in place,u have nthng2worry about, trust me

    • NJDOL STOPPED ME FROM CERTIFYING WITH 2 weeks left from the last Ext in 2020. My claim has been pushed around for 16 weeks. It should have never been stopped for a review. But it was. And it was approved. Original 11 weeks were deposited and currently sit in my account. But I can’t touch it. It will be 26 weeks before I see any benefits. I’ll be dead by then!! NJDOL is the most half assed organization in the history of organizations!! May god have mercy on all your souls. Cause I’m homeless and life less. Soon to be phoneless so I won’t know if I can or can’t certify anyway. 18 months ago: 6 figure job, brand new 3 bedroom loft. 12 month old BMW. $35 saved for a two family! ALL GONE!! NJDOL DOES NOT GIVE A SH£T. I’m not special, and I need to wait like everyone else. Wait over 25 weeks that is. Think the NJDOL WILL finally answer my 59 tweets when I’m dead? Who cares? Commissioner is an a$$h0le. Wouldn’t know how to do his job if the directions hit him in his fat F¥€kin head!!


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