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Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

Residents to start receiving FEMA unemployment checks over coming days

By Nikita Biryukov, October 22 2020 12:12 pm

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development began distributing $300 supplemental unemployment payments made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Labor Commissioner Rob Asaro-Angelo announced Thursday.

Eligible residents are expected to begin receiving these payments over the next two days. To be eligible, residents must have qualified for unemployment benefits between the weeks ending Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. The maximum benefit is $1,800.

“Processing these payments required us to develop new programming that had not been tested previously, and it took longer than anticipated for the payments to go through,” Asaro-Angelo said. “Our team worked around the clock to get this extra help to hundreds of thousands of people in our state who are in dire need because COVID-19 has upended their work situations.”

The department has identified more than 800,000 residents who were unemployed during the period. To be eligible, those residents must have attested their unemployment was related to the pandemic.

Since mid-March, the state has received about 1.7 million unemployment applications, including 28,669 last week. It’s paid out $16.7 billion in unemployment benefits.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development began distributing $300 supplemental unemployment payments made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Labor Commissioner Rob Asaro-Angelo announced Thursday.

Eligible residents are expected to begin receiving these payments over the next two days. To be eligible, residents must have qualified for unemployment benefits between the weeks ending Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. The maximum benefit is $1,800.

“Processing these payments required us to develop new programming that had not been tested previously, and it took longer than anticipated for the payments to go through,” Asaro-Angelo said. “Our team worked around the clock to get this extra help to hundreds of thousands of people in our state who are in dire need because COVID-19 has upended their work situations.”

The department has identified more than 800,000 residents who were unemployed during the period. To be eligible, those residents must have attested their unemployment was related to the pandemic.

Since mid-March, the state has received about 1.7 million unemployment applications, including 28,669 last week. It’s paid out $16.7 billion in unemployment benefits.

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