N.J. says some workers didn’t get their $600 unemployment payment, cites bank’s technical problems

Numerous unemployment recipients in N.J. said Monday that they did not receive the extended $600 federal benefit they usually receive via direct deposit.

The state’s Office of Information Technology said on its website that the issue was limited to one bank.

“The State of New Jersey was notified that Bank of America is having an issue on their side processing certain direct deposit payments due to weekend system maintenance,” it said on its website. “Direct deposit customers who expected to receive their weekly payment via direct deposit may experience up to a two-day delay.”

But the problem is more widespread, according to dozens of readers who contacted NJ Advance Media and who posted in unemployment Facebook groups.

Others who said they bank with T.D. Bank, Santander, Chase, PNC, BB&T Bank, Provident Bank and Wells Fargo, said they also didn’t receive the regular $600 payment.

None of the banks immediately responded to requests for comment.

But customers had plenty to say.

‘Right now so many N.J. residents rely on these weekly payment(s) to support their family, buy food, pay utilities and rent,” said Kathy Morse of Point Pleasant Beach, who first filed for benefits on March 21 and uses Bank of America.

She questioned why it took until late in the afternoon for the state’s technology office put out a statement on the delayed payment.

“I bank at Santander and was expecting three of the $600s this morning and got nothing. Was checking my banking all day,” said Dave Paterno of Roselle Park, who said he’s been out of work since November. “Big let down due to their system errors and excuses.”

“Why did it take all day for people expecting this payment to be deposited into their bank account at 7 a.m. to be notified now? Why didn’t the Department of Labor post a notification on their website?” Morse asked. ““It’s getting to the point that being unemployed in this state is a type of financial punishment and that is not right.”

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Karin Price Mueller may be reached at bamboozled@njadvancemedia.com.

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