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
Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.
Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.