The caps have increased for weekly unemployment benefits and other government support programs for New Jerseyans, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Effective Jan.1, the weekly maximum rose to $600, from $584, for unemployment benefit claims; to $561, from $546, for temporary disability and family leave insurance; and to $794, from $773, for workers’ compensation. The new weekly maximums apply only to claims established on or after Jan. 1., said Kevin Smith, a department spokesman. Claims established last year will continue to be governed by the old caps. Meanwhile, the federal government’s additional $25 boost for weekly unemployment claimants will continue through February, he said.
The caps are recalculated each year based on changes in the statewide average weekly wage, which rose to $1,059 in 2008, from $1,031 the year before, according to the department. Star Ledger.