TRENTON, N.J. – In a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) asked that One-Stop Career Centers located throughout the state reopen to resolve unemployment claims.
“I am sure you would agree that it is essential that UI and PUA funds are dispersed immediately,” wrote Kean. “People can schedule appointments and contact can be limited. Just as the Motor Vehicle Commission plans to reopen for in-person transactions, the One-Stop Career Centers can also reopen to deal with unresolved cases.”
Nearly 1.2 million residents have filed for unemployment benefits since the pandemic and nearly 23,000 New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment over the past week.
“While this may not be the original purpose for these facilities, I am sure you would agree that we must adapt and try various ways to resolve unemployment issues. These locations can be retrofitted to safely accommodate these appointments,” said Kean.
Kean said it is necessary to open these facilities because people must have a way to communicate with the Division of Unemployment. His legislative office has been contacted by hundreds of constituents saying they cannot get through on the phone and emails are not answered.
Kean also requested that the appointments be scheduled in time order.
“This would allow claims agents to examine cases that have been not paid for the longest amount of time. The current system of people calling Unemployment and by luck of the draw speaking to an agent is not fair or effective,” wrote Kean.
“People cannot afford to wait any longer and it is not acceptable that claimants cannot communicate directly with the Division of Unemployment. Please open the One-Stop Career Centers or any other locations that can be used by the Division of Unemployment as soon as possible for in-person appointments.”