County Adds Computers To Deal With Increased Unemployment Demand

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computer-31ELIZABETH—Union County residents seeking to file claims for unemployment insurance online can get help from the county’s One-Stop Career Centers. The One-Stops provide free public access to computers and many other forms of employment assistance.

The county has posted a link to filing for unemployment benefits through its website, www.ucnj.org. The information may also be accessed through www.nj.gov/labor.

“If you are in need of a computer, or if you need help getting the process started, please call or visit our One-Stops,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “We have the resources to help during this time of crisis.”

There are two One-Stop Centers serving all Union County residents. The eastern office is in Elizabeth at 125 Broad Street, 4th Floor. Phone: 908-5588000.

The western office is located in Plainfield at 200 West 2nd Street. Phone: 908-757-9090.

Free public computer access is also available at public libraries.

The national economic crash has brought about mass layoffs and a flood of unemployment claims. At Union County’s One-Stop Centers alone, upwards of two hundred people have been coaxing in every day for help in filing claims:

To meet the increased demand, county residents filing for unemployment will be given priority use for all public computers at the One-Stops. More public computers are being added. In addition, other activities at the One-Stops may be shifted in order to free up still more computers for public use.

Arrangements have been made to enable persons working on resumes and jobs searches to use other computers at the One-Stops.

County residents who are already collecting unemployment benefits should be aware that the New Jersey Department of Labor has announced an expansion of extended unemployment benefits. Persons who are receiving regular benefits are not required to file a separate claim for the expansion. The Department of Labor will file automatically on their behalf.


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