Facts About the Federal EUC Reduction
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to my weekly payments?
Weekly benefit amounts will be reduced by 7.2%.
I am already on EUC and previously had my benefits reduced by 22.2%. Will they be reduced an additional 7.2% on top of that?
No. The 7.2% reduction is based on your original Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR). For example: if you were originally receiving $100 a week and were previously reduced 22.2% to $77, under the current Sequester your payment would be $93.
Why are my unemployment benefits being reduced?
An automatic federal spending cut known as a sequestration has taken effect. Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits are federally funded and subject to this reduction.
Who is affected by the sequestration?
Those who claim EUC benefits (extended unemployment) for the week ending October 5, 2013 and after will have their benefits reduced.
How will I know how much money I have available in extended benefits and what my new weekly benefit amount will be?
When the reductions take place, you will receive a letter informing you of your new weekly benefit amount. You may also see your new benefit amount and remaining balance online using Claim Inquiry or when claiming benefits at www.njuifile.net.
If I am on regular unemployment, will my benefits be reduced?
No. The cuts are only to federally-funded extended unemployment compensation. Individuals collecting regular unemployment benefits through the State of New Jersey will not be affected.
How long will these reductions last?
The reductions will remain in effect for benefits paid through December 31, 2013. At that point the EUC benefit program is scheduled to end.
Do these cuts impact other states?
Yes. Any states that distribute EUC will be required to make a reduction in benefits.
Can I appeal my benefit reduction?
You may not appeal the decision to reduce your benefits. However, if you feel an error was made and your benefits have been reduced by an incorrect amount, you may appeal the amount of the reduction.
We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for you and your family. If you have not already done so, please take advantage of some of the employment services offered by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development by visiting http://careerconnections.nj.gov/, which is our official web-link to the best online tools for finding employment, sending resumes to potential employers and accessing data on new career paths and training programs.
For services offered by the State of New Jersey to individuals and families who may find themselves in need of public assistance, please visit the website of the state Department of Human Services at: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/resources/.