New Jersey Unemployment Extension
New Jersey’s jobless benefits program takes in extensions that expand the time frame for collecting benefits when unemployment rate becomes high enough.
- On January 2, 2013, the United States Congress passed the Tax Relief Extension Act (H.R. 8) which will extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits until the end of 2013.
- The law maintains the restructured benefit tiers passed under last February’s benefit extension which reduced the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 73.
- The length of federal benefits is related to the unemployment rate in the State and is based on a 3-month average.
- The continuation of EUC offers up to a maximum of 47 additional weeks of unemployment insurance to people who exhaust New Jersey’s 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits.
- The new legislation also provides for a temporary extension of Extended Benefits (EB) for a year. Note: Extended Benefits (EB) program ended in New Jersey on June 16, 2012. EB is only obtainable when the Total Unemployment Rate is at least 110% of the average for any or all of the corresponding three-month periods ending in the three preceding calendar years.
- Additionally, the law also maintains job search requirements for recipients of unemployment insurance benefits.
The EUC program has four tiers:
|Program Type||Number of Weeks Available||Last Date to Begin a Claim|
|EUC Tier 1||up to 14 weeks||Week Beginning
|EUC Tier 2||up to 14 weeks||Week Beginning
|EUC Tier 3||up to 9 weeks||Week Beginning
|EUC Tier 4||up to 10 weeks||Week Beginning