46,000 New Jerseyans Lost Unemployment Insurance Coverage In the First Quarter of 2010

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TRENTON – The end of March marked a difficult milestone for more than 40,000 New Jersey workers who collected the last unemployment insurance benefits available to them, swelling the ranks of unemployed workers who are no longer eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

“We know this is a difficult job market, particularly for the nearly 46,000 claimants who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits, so far this year,” said Harold J. Wirths, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Labor Department and Workforce Development. “I want to encourage all job seekers to use our department’s tools and services. The department recently revamped our web page to make it easier to navigate and the staff at New Jersey’s 21 One-Stop Career Centers are available to help you with job searches and job-training options.”

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In addition, the One-Stop Career Center staff will help the unemployed navigate the Internet to apply for assistance through the NJ Helps program, housing assistance and other programs available through county and state agencies such as the Department of Human Services.

“We have a wide range of programs and tools to help workers prepare for and find new employment,” said Richard E. Constable, III, deputy commissioner of the Department of labor and Workforce Development.

“Please visit www.nj.gov/labor or go to your local One-Stop Career Center. Computers and other help are available to the public there and counselors can work with customers, one-to-one, to help guide their career searches or help with training options. To find the nearest One-Stop Career Center go to the Department Web page and click on the One-Stop Career Center icon.”

To date, no legislation has been passed by Congress that would extend the April 4, 2010 ending date for all federal extended benefits, including the additional $25 weekly benefit.

New federal legislation would have to be enacted to implement additional Emergency Unemployment Compensation tiers.


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