The Department of Labor and Workforce development began accepting certifications for $300 supplemental unemployment payments made available to certain workers through FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program Thursday.
“Our overarching concern is for New Jerseyans whose lives have been upended by the pandemic – workers who lost their jobs and those who were already out of work when COVID-19 hit, workers who have gotten sick themselves and those who can’t work because their child’s school or daycare is closed due to COVID,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said.
Residents who received at least $100 in unemployment benefits in the weeks between July 26 and Sept. 5 and whose lack of employment was related to COVID-19 are eligible for the supplemental payments, which will pay $300 per week for up to six weeks.
The department is notifying eligible persons by email, and those workers will have to attest that their unemployment was related to the virus to receive the additional payments.
Individuals who received unemployment aid during that time period and who have already attested they were unemployed because of the pandemic do not have to submit a new certification. Officials expect such persons will receive the funds automatically, in a lump sum, during the week of Oct. 19.
“We are pleased to be able to make these additional payments to more than one million workers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic,” Asaro-Angelo said.
New Jersey’s 23,607 new unemployment claims represented a 13% decline over the previous week.
The state has received 1.65 million such claims since mid-March and has made payments to 96% of the 1.4 million who qualified for unemployment benefits.