The Federal extended unemployment benefits, including the $300 weekly benefit, expire on September 4th.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today announced that New Jersey will not use its federal relief funds to extend unemployment benefits, citing the high costs, adding “the proper way to extend federal UI benefits is through federal action, not a patchwork of state ones.”
The cost of extending the 3 federal unemployment benefits would cost the state an estimated $315 – $584 million per week. The governor noted that no other state will use their federal relief funds to extend federal unemployment benefits.
To date, New Jersey has distributed $33.7 billion in COVID-related unemployment benefits to workers.
“We recognize the impact that this will have on some families facing unemployment issues and have invested in assistance programs to support New Jerseyans”, said Murphy.
“The NJ Labor Dept is prepared to assist those who need further assistance to find these resources”, Murphy added.