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Jake asks, I jump ;^) June 18, 2010

Posted by Ken in Uncategorized.

Jake, I was employed in IT for most of the last 25 years, and I’ve been on unemployment a few times (maybe four), but that is par for the course in the IT game. My last job was for a small business that made digital video recorders for casinos, but when they moved to Nevada, I choose to stay in New Jersey.

I was let go in July or 2006, and waited until October of 2006 to file for unemployment. Since then my benefits have been on again, off again, and I’ve been helpfully re-enrolled in each extension by the NJ Dept of Labor.

I’ve been working part-time at the local school district since January, 2008, which has “stretched” my benefits. I don’t collect full unemployment checks, there’s a complex formula wherein they take the base benefit amount youare eligible for, add an amount to it ($104?) and then subtract any earnings. cutting you a check for the remainder. (base benefit I’m eligible for is $521, I earn $275 each week, and I get a check for $350 – plus $25 in federal “extra” benefit).

I believe I will be extended again, but to be honest I’ve lost track of the various approvals…

In normal times my employer would likely have offered me a full-time IT job with the district, but with Gov. Christie and the budget fun in NJ (and the country), adding staff isn’t an option… But my boss may combine three part-time jobs to one full-time position – that negotiation is underway with the school board.

And, BTW, I fully support Gov. Christie’s 5% budget cut for all NJ public school districts, as a taxpayer I pay about $23K/year in property taxes. Also, working with teachers every day I can tell you they have no clue why the NJ taxpayers are so irritated… Of course, many of them live outside our district, and about half live out of state.

Anyway, that’s me in a nutshell, let me know if you have any other Q’s.



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