State of New Jersey reaches out to Cobol programmers to help process unemployment claims.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Call for COBOL Programmers

A colleague reached out to me stating that the State of New Jersey was requesting help from Cobol programmers. The problem was within State of New Jerseys unemployment system. They are unable to process the numbers of claims that are coming in. There outdated system was overwhelmed. “In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know how to code the decades-old computer programming language called COBOL because many of the state’s systems still run on older mainframes.” (Source:, Retrieved April 30, 2020).

I am no Cobol programmer, by any stretch of the imagination. I most certainly would have employed myself to learn Cobol, around the clock, until I got to a point where I could be of use. Udemy offers a introductory course in Cobol that could help me do just that.

The tech community responded greatly to the call for service. So well, that they have not yet needed my help. When and if they do, I will respond, as any ethical and moral professional should.

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