The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday it will provide $300 supplemental benefits to unemployment claimants who collected during the weeks of Aug. 1 through Sept. 5 due to COVID-19.
The maximum benefit is $1,800 and is reserved for those who lost their jobs or whose hours were reduced during that time for a COVID-19 related reason.
To date, the NJDOL has distributed nearly $1.3 billion in FEMA benefits to 817,000 workers whose jobs were affected by COVID-19.
The payments will be processed Friday and should hit direct deposit accounts and debit cards next Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the bank, according to an announcement Thursday. The state will continue to offer these payments until its budget for the program is exhausted.
“We will distribute this federal benefit to every eligible claimant in our state who is struggling financially and unable to find new work during the pandemic,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo in a prepared statement. “Our top priority remains getting as much financial relief to these residents as possible.”
Approximately 1.8 million people have applied for unemployment since mid-March, and 1.47 million have met the monetary requirements for benefits. Of those, 96 percent have received payment, according to the NJDOL.