NJ Unemployment

Is anyone having issues with there unemployment being paid? I have not been paid in 6 weeks. I keep calling but can not get through. I am starting to get worried..What is going on!!

Staying positive Staying positive
May '20

There have been daily local news reports on the problem with unemployment in NJ. The infrastructure wasn’t there to support the massive need.
Listen to 101.5 in the afternoons. They discuss it just about every day.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
May '20

Unfortunately, they are controlled on large old mainframes that use the old business language form back in the 70's when I went to college. Us science folk learned FORTRAN and BASIC. The business majors learned COBOL then, which is why the State of NJ has also been trying to find people who can "code" ("program", in oldspeak) in COBOL to try to scale up operations in order to handle the larger amount of people now "in the system".

Phil D. Phil D.
May '20

A friend of mine applied in mid March, and he got a letter or email 1-2 weeks ago telling him they would be mailing him out a check in mid-May. so by next Saturday you should get it (hopefully), if you applied for it in mid-March.

Hackresident Hackresident
May '20

It took awhile but I check in weekly and get a direct deposit .... so no I am not having issues ...

LibertyThinker LibertyThinker
May '20

How do you do that during system crashes?

Bug3
May '20

i filed on may 1st and was told that only $285 a week would be the amount i would get weekly. I usually bring home $700 a week when working. Where did they get that number from? I filed an appeal and kept on certifyng. Last week i was told that the money was deposited onto a debit card i had years ago from unemployment that I no longer have so now I have to find out how i go about getting a new card because even though its a bank of america card, they dont actually run this program, unemployment does. Its like im running in circles. I still dont know if im getting the extra $600 i keep hearing about. So while im grateful that my claim was processed quickly and approved i cant get access to the money which is even more frusterating. I feel bad for those who have waited for weeks and still dont know anything

sonny sonny
May '20

I cannot even get to the point where I can certify each week!
Very frustrating and worrisome!

Nallie Nallie
May '20

Thank God I haven't had any issues. FYI every Thursday during Governor Murphy's briefings he has a representative some New Jersey unemployment to answer any questions on what is going on


Filed a month ago. Received a blue notification with nothing other than preprinted form on it.

Tried to certify- got a message that said unable to process claim, directing me to call the phone #.

Called the phone #- get a recording that says due to call volume my call can't be taken and hangs up on me.

Next week I received another of the blue cards in the mail. No new info on it.

Tried to certify- same unable to process message. Same recording and hang up when I call.

...tried again last week, tried again this week. No idea what is going on, but can't get anyone on the phone! Ugh.


unemployment is calculated at 53% of your gross to a max of 700 +

Unemployment Unemployment
May '20

After 2 months I was finally able to start claiming benefits. They called this past week and said my back weeks WILL be paid. My claim was from 3/15/20.
It's just a matter of waiting. Which doesnt help when you have bills to pay.
Good luck!

Botheredbyuu2 Botheredbyuu2
May '20

I started getting the $600 federal this weekend and the NJ unemployment Started about 2 weeks ago and my last day was 3/13 ... so it does take awhile ...

LibertyThinker LibertyThinker
May '20

Not that I ever faced this level of busy, but pretty sure that ultimately you will get the money. Not that "ultimately" helps.

However, as a call center marauder, I can say, a phone that allows rapid redial is nice, and then pick what you think might be best times. Opening for example. Start five minute in advance, and just keep banging away. Have email or other multi-tasking task available. If you don't get in, try a few more times during the day.

Hard to say on this one, there's no work day so using that is out. Beginning or end of day probably best, but maybe ------ sunny day at point where everyone is outside? It's a booger for sure.

Many call centers have one or more buffers. First level is too queue, higher level is to tell you to call back, most severe level (as in system breaking down) is disconnect. They may slip others in as well. Sometimes you can bang "0" and opt out, once in a blue moon *T plus some variant of 10, 100, etc. to xfer to important person. Pretty rare nowadays to have this backdoor open. IF you get in queue on this one, probably you can get in, but may take a long, long, time given call time is probably 15 minutes per call or so. Have speakerphone, mute, and power cord if you queue. May take me a day or so, but usually I can get in. However, this has got to be the magilla-gorilla of all bottlenecks.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
May '20

Not sure if anyone knows the answer for this. I couldn't find a clear answer online. My friend is a teacher that works at a summer camp every year. The summer camp has been canceled this year. Can she collect unemployment for the wages she will not be receiving due to the cancellation during the weeks she would have been working?

Calico696 Calico696
May '20

Calico - I believe losing "prospective employment" doesn't fall under unemployment benefits requirements. If she would be already working at the summer camp and it would be closed while she was employed and she wouldn't be able to continue working - that's when she could open the claim.


Thanks, Lena. I will pass that on.

Calico696 Calico696
May '20

After applying months ago, today was the first day I could wait for my magical 30 minute time slot to certify.

So I did, but it never went to any confirmation page or anything. I just hit submit and that was it. No email arrived either.

Also, the page said I was certifying for something like march 16 week although I was out of work before that....and there was no option to certify for any other or more weeks.

What gives?

I really think they are trying to make it pretty much impossible for people to jump the hurdles correctly in order to not have to pay out- which makes their #'s seem better than reality both for funds and people in the system.


does anyone know if you are required to go on line every week to "check in"..?


Yes.


Yes at a set time and day of the week by the last 4 digits of your ss #

On Saturday if a missed time slots for all those that missed the weekly check in

LibertyThinker LibertyThinker
Jun '20

Re: NJ Unemployment

It’ll look like this

Iamrite Iamrite
Jun '20

any idea about retro payments? recieved notification pf my first payment but nothing about all the back payments....


If the "Claim Additional Week" button appears in the center-bottom of the confirmation screen, click the button and complete a certification for each week available on your claim. There may be multiple weeks available to you, which would allow you to receive multiple weeks of benefits.
Continue to click on "Claim Additional Week" until that button no longer appears after answering the certifying questions.

Iamrite Iamrite
Jun '20

Every time I go to claim my benefits. The system clocks out. Then I can't claim. Going into week 2 and still haven't been able to claim?

Outdoors Women
Jun '20

Make sure you are going at you specific time slot. It tells you at the bottom of the page when you can go.

Hockey mom Hockey mom
Jun '20

Now the first response many people are hearing is from New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo during the daily coronavirus briefings. Here's what he has said when asked why people still don't have the benefits they are entitled to.

Is it me or is he blaming us, the unemployed?

For your reading pleasure....

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2020/05/15/nj-unemployment-why-commissioner-says-you-havent-gotten-paid/3094909001/

JiminMF JiminMF
Jun '20

Do you keep continuing to hit the claim benefits button and certifying for all back weeks at one time? We still didn't get the extra 600$ already got first week of unemployment .do you have to do anything else?

Mrs803 Mrs803
Jun '20

Mrs803, I had the same question, but when I went to claim another week. It doesn't let you change the week setting. I'm not sure how we get our retro.

Luckygirl Luckygirl
Jun '20

The extra $600 came every time I certified. I didn’t have to do anything different. Actually the $600 gets deposited right away and the UI $ gets deposited the next day. I really believe it’s those people that have had recent UI claims in the past where their info is already in the system have fared better than brand new claimants. I’m speaking as a state either for another agency bc when a client is already known to me and I have all the previous info in the system already makes me want to finish that person first then tackle the job of inputting new info on top of whatever else I have to do to service that person...

H-Town Mama H-Town Mama
Jun '20

JiminMF, nice, thanks for sharing.

John Miller John Miller
Jun '20

Your welcome John Miller. I was finally able to certify for the first time today.
Lucky Girl as I certified the current week at the end I was able to click to claim past week looping thru the questions for each week until I certified for all my past weeks (12 weeks BTW)

So lets see what happens on the first and second direct deposit.

Did not see anything about the additional 600.00

JiminMF JiminMF
Jun '20

@jiminmf. Might take a few extra days to see that 600 x 12.. but get ready for a huge influx in $$ to hit your deposit.. the 200 should also come in 200 x12

njfellow njfellow
Jun '20

Jimin- You won't see anything about the 600. It's like a surprise on Christmas morning. Some get it some don't. I don't know why. I do and my friend who works with me at the same job does not. It doesn't make sense. It's the Government, which we all know doesn't make sense, ever!!

auntiel auntiel
Jun '20

I found that it is the way the claim was processed and the reason why. I get my weekly UI first and then the 600.00. My last 600.00 was late due to a banking error on the Government's side.The extra 600 is a godsend for me and my family. I can't tell you how stressed I was wondering how we could survive when my unemployment is less that what I usually make.

I had to wait about a month and then everything hit.

MommyNJ4 MommyNJ4
Jun '20

i have been getting my $600 but not any UI.....can't even talk to anyone...the numbers they give you on the form are useless....and I am unable to to certify for previous dates... I must be doing something wrong.... ugh


I recently received an email from the adjudication department asking me to complete a questionnaire. I’m still working on it (waiting for a document) so I haven’t submitted it yet. Now I received an email saying benefits are payable and to start certifying. Should I still do the questionnaire? I don’t want to jeopardize getting paid by submitting or not submitting.


Wow, no experts?

Since I can't see the questionnaire and never been in your situation, really can't answer except to say, look at the questions and try to figure out what they want to know. I wold err on the side of filling it out unless it looks like the results might change your current status. Best advise I can do, and like I said, never felt it, never been there.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
June 23rd

RAS- the same thing happened to me. I filled out the email from the adjudication department in addition to certifying on line. I have no idea why I had to fill out the adjudication form as the info on it was just about the same as what I filled out for my original claim. ( although I did send the letter from my employer regarding my unemployment) When I log onto unemployment page my status is listed as filed with a weekly benefit amount. I have the attitude that I will do everything I am asked and answer all questions completely, honestly and to the best of my ability and I await to see what happens.

sportsfan sportsfan
June 23rd

Yes, thanks. I intend to do the same. I have answered honestly and completely but need to upload a document that I should have but can’t find it. Requested a copy from my former employer and hopefully they send it to me in time!


Okay so I went to certify my weeks and it said I don’t have access to the server? I’m going to try again tomorrow and see what happens.


i had that happen to me as well....you have an alternate time that day as well and on Sundays or sat,...... i think...the schedule will tell you


I think 7:30-8:00 pm M-F

Iamrite Iamrite
June 25th

Has anyone gone into the 13 week unemployment extension from the CARES act? I have used my last original 26 weeks & now my balance shows $0. I also got a notice from unemployment that my benefits are exhausted & there are no state or federal extensions at this time, which is not correct. Everything I read on the NJDOL website says I am eligible & since I was already collecting when CARES was approved I wouldn't have to do anything to get the extra 13 weeks. Do I just try to claim for benefits as usual on Sunday & see what happens?


Unemployed workers to get an additional 20 weeks of benefits, N.J. announces:
https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/07/unemployed-workers-to-get-an-additional-20-weeks-of-benefits-nj-announces.html

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
July 1st

As soon as the federal $600 drops off in a few weeks there is going to be an awful lot of people not able to pay mortgage or rent.


Josh - That's why all businesses need open, so everyone can get back to work.

Calico696 Calico696
July 1st

Stuck.... I had to re-file. And after 6-7 weeks finally went into filed. Have received 1week since May 3. You can try emailing them or faxing them. I seem to have had a bit of luck that way getting through. Good luck!

Cherie Cherie
July 1st

Anyone else run out of benefits? Didn’t the feds put in a twenty weeks extension? I thought you’d be automatically enrolled

Iamrite Iamrite
August 5th

has not passed yet.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
August 5th

No.. it is not automatic. You have to reopen your case to get the extended benefits. There is a link on website to do so.


Sorry; it’s the $600 adder that has expired, but I am guessing will pass any day now.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
August 6th

Actually, based on the July article that On The Edge posted, you DON'T have to reapply to get the extension.

Per the article...it IS automatic.

Restaurant Ralph Restaurant Ralph
August 10th

this is a mess.

Parential Concerns Parential Concerns
August 10th

Has anyone ran out of the first extension and the extra $600 has anyone gone on their site and is it automatic or do you have to reopen your claim? My husband had to call them finally got thru said someone would get back to him. That was 2 weeks ago. His claim online says 0$. Ugh this is a mess


You have to refile......then wait and wait and wait. I heard it usually takes about 2 months once refiled. Still waiting for mine.


Okay, so I had a call from them and they just asked for my birthdate. I then asked the agent how I can get out of the pandemic unemployment and into the regular unemployment certification process. She said they would kick me over to the right place. Still couldn’t do it online but today I took a chance to certify by phone. BOOM! Certified all my weeks (2 weeks per phone call), one call after another using the phone tree. Not even my allotted time either. Go figure. Would have thought online would be easier but no.


I decided to do some extensive reading on NJ unemployment updates and here is what I found for those of you who need this info:
1) The 600 extra has of course run out however NJ did apply for the extra 300 from the Feds. It should be approved within a day or so and because it is being taken out of FEMA, it can not be distributed from regular unemployment avenue. NJ expects to issue the payments sometime in Oct for the weeks of Aug 1,8, and 15. If you qualify, meaning your unemployment was due to COVID, you will receive a lump sum payment of 900 ( 3 wks x 300 ) or however much you qualified for. Each week thereafter has to be submitted again for Fed approval and the amount of money left to be distributed is limited ( I would think especially when CA because of wildfires and LA and TX due to the recent hurricane will be applying for aid as well)

2) If you have run out of your 26 wks of unemployment and again it was due to COVID, you qualify for an additional 13 wks from the Feds ( this MUST be utilized before the extra 20 wks offered by NJ ) The extra 13 wks is PEUC- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. You will certify on your normal scheduled day/time and the PEUC will be enacted automatically when your regular unemployment has run out.

3) When your extra 13 weeks expire, then you may be eligible for the 20 weeks extended NJ benefit. It appears to me that also will be automatically enacted although there is some conflicting info it appears.

All the info I found is on the NJ unemployment website- click extended benefits.

Hope some of you who are still unemployed due to the COVID pandemic find this helpful and you may be employed soon

sportsfan sportsfan
3 weeks ago

I go back to work next week but I had to refile at the end of June. It went from pending to filed this week, so I put in for all the weeks and will get one lump sum. I am not sure about the stimulus for July though. It took awhile but I tried to be patient. I am lucky enough that my husband is working and I figured this would take awhile so I took the extra and put it in savings to have a fall back when I had to wait.


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