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According to a press release dated 11/24/08, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is notifying unemployed workers of an unemployment benefits extension for workers whose benefits run out without having found a job.
The State of New Jersey is mailing letters to about 65,000 people, notifying them of this extension in unemployment benefits. Funding for the extension comes from the federal Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 enacted on November 21. This is the second federally-funded extension of unemployment benefits since July 2008.
Up to seven additional weeks of benefits are available under the new federal law, beginning 11/23/08. The benefits will not be retroactive.
People who are currently on unemployment should automatically qualify for extended benefits without having to file a separate application. Those whose benefits have already run out and who may be eligible for the extended benefits should receive instructions from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development on how to claim the extended benefits.
The current unemployment rate in New Jersey is 6.0 percent, which is below the national 6.5 percent rate, according to the Department’s press release.
You can find the press release here: Notice of Additional Extended Unemployment Benefits Announced
Update: For information on your own unemployment claim or for general questions about unemployment, there is a list of phone numbers on the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development website. Check it out.