Federal Workers In NJ May Be Eligible For Unemployment During Shutdown

January 11, 2019 - 10:36 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As the partial government shutdown enters its third week, 800,000 federal workers are not getting paychecks.

In New Jersey, some workers are eligible to apply for unemployment assistance, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

Workers affected by the shutdown who visit the state's website, NJ.gov/labor, will find a red box that says "Assistance for Federal Workers," Adams reported.

"When you're an employee your dignity sometimes comes from your work," said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. "Depending on where you are in your life -- or what what kind of support systems you have, what kind of savings you have, that can be very dire."

Just be prepared to reimburse the state if you receive retro pay when the shutdown ends, Adams reported.

If the shutdown continues, we'll all start to suffer: Mass transit systems like the MTA and NJ Transit could slow down and cut back service without federal funds.

If fed up TSA workers find other jobs, airport security checkpoints could back up, and critical infrastructure projects like the new rail project under the Hudson might be delayed, Adams reported.