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New Jersey workers collecting jobless benefits should expect to see their weekly supplemental $300 federal benefits in their bank accounts or on debit cards by Tuesday, after a processing delay led claimants to wonder where their benefits were, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

"We are working with our partners at the Office of Information Technology and Bank of America, and deposits that have not yet come through will post to accounts tomorrow," said Thomas Wright, a spokesperson for the state Labor Department. 

"While we like to remind our claimants deposits can take two to three business days, depending on their bank, some have become accustomed to receiving their deposits on the early side of that timeline," Wright said.

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Under the federal stimulus American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden signed in March, workers receiving unemployment also can collect a $300 weekly payment under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. 

This is not the first time the $300 supplemental benefit was delayed. Claimants saw a similar issue at the end of March. 

Other workers continue to receive "error" messages when trying to claim their weekly benefits, due to an issue that cropped up for those who hit a 14th week of "extended benefits," a category of jobless benefits that offer New Jerseyans additional weeks of their unemployment payments.

Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, New Jersey has received more than 2.1 million applications for jobless benefits and given out close to $27.7 billion in unemployment payments. 

Ashley Balcerzak is a reporter in the New Jersey Statehouse. For unlimited access to her work covering New Jersey’s Legislature and political power structure, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

Email: balcerzaka@northjersey.com 

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