New Jersey Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in New Jersey, you may be eligible for New Jersey Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for New Jersey unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.



Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed New Jersey workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on www.njuifile.net
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 732-761-2020, 201-601-4100, 856-507-2340, or 888-795-6672, (M - F 7:00am - 6:00pm, or Sat & Sun 8:00am - Noon)


Monday - If the last digit of your SSN is 0 - 3
Tuesday - If the last digit of your SSN is 4 - 6
Wednesday - If the last digit of your SSN is 7 - 9

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, occupation, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • Pension information (if you are receiving any pension or 401k)
  • Description of separation pay
  • Union hiring hall address and phone (if applicable)


After filing your initial unemployment claim, you will receive a Notice to Claimant of Benefit Determination, describing benefits, eligibility and giving additional information.

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Filing Your Bi-Weekly Claim:

New Jersey weekly unemployment benefits are 60% of the average weekly earnings, up to a maximum of $600 per week. If you are the sole provider, and you are not already receiving the weekly maximum amount you may qualify to receive up to an additional 15% total of dependency benefits for up to three dependents. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed New Jersey workers can file bi-weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your bi-weekly unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your bi-weekly unemployment claim on the List of Telephone Numbers To Claim Weekly Benefits (M - F, 7:00am – 5:00pm)


Your unemployment benefits check will be mailed out the next business day after your bi-weekly claim has been filed. Direct deposits will be made the two days after you have filed your weekly claim.


Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

New Jersey workers may be eligible for career assistance and training assistance, and the New Jersey OneStop System.


Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.


Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end. You may also let a claims representative know your first day of work.


FAQ:

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Robert j.Lynch

UNBELIVEABLE TO BE REMOVED FROM MY WORK IN 10 MIN. REGAINING MY CONFUSED STATE OF UNBELIVEABLE EXPERENCE I CAN WRITE A BOOK

December 31 2011 at 10:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Robert j.Lynch

GOT LAYED OFF FROM MY SECURITY JOB AT THE MONMOUTH MALL BECAUSE OF A HUMAN ERROR THANKS BEN LEVEN FOR PUTTING MY LIFE IN A COMPLETE TAILSPIN .R.J.L.

December 31 2011 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert j.Lynch

GOT LAYED OFF FROM MY SECURITY JOB AT THE MONMOUTH MALL BECAUSE OF A HUMAN ERROR THANKS BEN LEVEN FOR PUTTING MY LIFE IN A COMPLETE TAILSPIN .R.J.L.

December 31 2011 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert j.Lynch

PRAYING GOD TO BRING ME THROUGH THIS LIVING HELL THANKS ALLMIGHTY GOD R.J.L.

December 31 2011 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

did anyone receive benefits that resigned from a job before???

November 09 2011 at 8:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Robert j.Lynch

HELLO LISA , DID YOU RESIGNED , A FRIEND RJL

January 01 2012 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joannenj41

my son had a appeal hearing yesterday how long does it take to hear something on this?

November 03 2011 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gliderchris

have you heard anything yet

November 23 2011 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gregoryc919

Can you still colloect unemployment if you resign from your job

November 02 2011 at 6:23 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Leah

no they won't let you claim if you quit. then again it depends on the reason you quit.

May 16 2013 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gliderchris

i filed a appeal and it has been almost two weeks should i be worried

October 28 2011 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara Crosby

How do I get a copy of my declaration notice???

October 19 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Devon Debias

I should be getting my last unemployment check next week and its not even a full check. I reopened my claim in march of this year. Do you think I will get the extension.

October 03 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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