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Unemployment FAQ: Answers for your most pressing questions about benefits

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Source: | Karin Price Mueller

The NJ Department of Labor answers some of the most pressing questions and concerns regarding COVID-19's effect on Unemployment benefits.

As record numbers of New Jerseyans apply for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus crisis, many are having trouble getting through.

They’re frustrated. Exasperated. Pull-out-your-hair and throw-something-at-the-wall exasperated.

They don’t know what to do.

NJ Advance Media has been bringing you the most recent updates on what’s happening with unemployment benefits in the wake of coronavirus.

We know that unemployment recipients should start to see their extra $600 per week benefit this week.

We also know that gig workers, freelancers and independent contractors will have to wait for the state to get additional federal guidance. But they’re encouraged to apply and expect a denial because that will be the first step in the process.

Readers have had other questions and complaints about filing for benefits.

Here are the Department of Labor’s answers to some of your pressing unemployment concerns.

(The agency said it’s working hard to help everyone and it asks for your patience. Also remember that benefits will be retroactive. While no one wants to wait, you can be sure you will get all the benefits for which you’re eligible, DOL said.)...

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