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New Jersey Unemployment Extension

New Jersey’s jobless benefits program takes in extensions that expand the time frame for collecting benefits when unemployment rate becomes high enough.

  • On January 2, 2013, the United States Congress passed the Tax Relief Extension Act (H.R. 8) which will extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits until the end of 2013.
  • The law maintains the restructured benefit tiers passed under last February’s benefit extension which reduced the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 73.
  • The length of federal benefits is related to the unemployment rate in the State and is based on a 3-month average.
  • The continuation of EUC offers up to a maximum of 47 additional weeks of unemployment insurance to people who exhaust New Jersey’s 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • The new legislation also provides for a temporary extension of Extended Benefits (EB) for a year.  Note: Extended Benefits (EB) program ended in New Jersey on June 16, 2012.  EB is only obtainable when the Total Unemployment Rate is at least 110% of the average for any or all of the corresponding three-month periods ending in the three preceding calendar years.
  • Additionally, the law also maintains job search requirements for recipients of unemployment insurance benefits.

The EUC program has four tiers:

Program Type Number of Weeks Available Last Date to Begin a Claim
EUC Tier 1 up to 14 weeks Week Beginning

on 12/22/2013

EUC Tier 2 up to 14 weeks Week Beginning

on 12/22/2013

EUC Tier 3 up to 9 weeks Week Beginning

on 12/22/2013

EUC Tier 4 up to 10 weeks Week Beginning

on 12/22/2013

Questions & Answers

  1. JM says:

    I have been collecting unemployment for about a year. I went to file for my benefit and it said that I am no longer eligible. Can I get an extension? I tried calling the number and keep getting a message that says “call back later” or a busy signal. I continue to have problems with NJ’s phone system and am unable to try filing again online since I’ve worked part time in PA.

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. Walt says:

    I collected unemployment for 3 months, looking for work and had some promising interviews, when I started collecting, they said 26 weeks unemployment, but now i’m at 12 weeks, my funds look to be depleted next week. Is this how ibgo to the next tier? I know there are no extensions. .. But how did this happen was it a mistake of the agent I spoke with?

    • Martin says:

      There is no extension available. You can be approved up to “26 weeks”.

      If you have proof of being approved full benefits, please contact the Unemployment Office in your state.

  3. Sara says:

    My benefits will be running out at the end of December (26weeks) I have not been able to secure a job. I am considering, enrolling in college to finish my last 9 credits for bachelor’s degree. Would I be eligible for an extension?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  4. Sabrina says:

    If applying for a training program, will benefits be extended?

    • Martin says:

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information. As far as we are aware, it does not have any impact on the benefit weeks.

  5. Paul Carberry says:

    I continue to look for work without success- benefits for unemployment halfway done- getting nervous, is there extensions available if I don’t find work, if so what are requirements and process to recieve and extension.
    Thank You for any direction
    Paul C.

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. Sabrina says:

    My benefits will run out in November, are there any extensions available?

  7. CHUCK says:

    My current unemployment account is locked so I am not able to print 1099 form. I have made many attempts (at different times (ie 830, 11, 12, 300, 400) during the day to call in but never get through. Is there a better way than wasting my time sitting at a phone all day and calling?

    • Adrian says:

      Please look for ‘Do it yourself’ instructions or resources on the department’s website.

      If its something that requires an administrators intervention, you will have to keep trying the phone.

  8. Rose says:

    I have been on unemployment since Feb. 2014 and tried to claim my unemployment benefits and was denied, stating that a claims assessor needs to review my claim. I have counted the weeks and have been on unemployment for 26 weeks today. I have been applying for jobs and going on interviews, but when the employer asks if I have any health conditions, I do tell them I am pregnant and now I am completely showing. I never get a call back from the employer, I am sent a letter telling me that they have found a more qualified candidate. I do not know what to do, I don’t know if I completed the online form incorrectly or if it because of the 26 week period. Can someone please help me out as I am stressed out about bills and this new upcoming baby on the way.

    • Adrian says:

      I can understand your situation. You must follow up regularly with the labor dept in your state on claim status.Ask them for definite answers.

  9. Dana says:

    My 26 weeks unemployment ended June 2014 are their any extensions for me

  10. raymond russo says:

    6/23/2014…will NJ be available for tier 3 if the and unemployment extension is reinstated in 2014. NJ unemployment rate is under 7% since April.

    • Adrian says:

      Please note that there is no extension(read E.U.C) available across the country.

      Kindly call the helpline number of the labor dept in NJ and check.

  11. Niyah says:

    I been collecting unemployment since 2013 and my benefits just exhausted. Am I eligible for an extension.

  12. Denise says:

    I’m collecting partial unemployment and I have a few more months before my job becomes full time. Does the no extension still apply or am can I apply for and partial extension? Ugh my 1st time needing help in 55 years.

  13. diane says:

    how can I apply for unemployment extension?

    • Adrian says:

      There is no extension(EUC) available at this point of time.

      Please keep a track of national news on the congressional voting for extending this scheme and apply when it is extended.

  14. ed says:

    I collected 26 weeks of nj benefits is there a state extension after that or does it go to the fed program

    • beltway says:

      There is no additional state provided benefits after the exhaustion. It shifts to the federal program called Emergency unemployment compensation(EUC).

  15. Klare says:

    My 26 weeks ends in Jan 2014. Am I eligible for Tier 1? Do I have to apply?

  16. Traci says:

    If Tier 2 ends on December 21st and the last day to file is December 28th, will it automatically go to Tier 3 for the last week of filing?

  17. anthony sicari says:

    today Sunday the 24 of Nov is my lastclaim for ECU tier 2. what happens next ? have not been notified. Thxs

  18. Tara says:

    Do we know yet if any emergency tiers will be available after December 31, 2013?

  19. SHEILA says:

    I HAVE ABOUT 2 MORE WEEKS LEFT OF REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. i WAS TOLD I WILL BE RECEIVING TIER BENEFITS UNTIL 12/28/2013.After which i would be on my own. can you advise. i was advised to then apply for welfare.

  20. Donna Mahan says:

    Hi….I just ended 26 weeks of UI – I’ve read that you can collect 63 weeks in New Jersey – but when I read about the Tier extensions it says they end in December 2013. In my case, 63 weeks would go until June 2014? Will it continue or end? Thanks, it’s so confusing!

  21. Michael says:

    My wife was laid off and enrolled in school. Will her benefits be extended until she completed the program (18 months total) in June 2014?

  22. Joe Stauffer says:

    My claim was one year old effective 9/23 am I eligible for extended benefits

  23. Jelena Austin says:

    Also, when do we get this notification of eligibility? In the last week before unemployment benefits end or before that? Or do they notify us after benefits expire?

    • kathy says:

      At the very end of your claim, call the unemployment office. I do not think a notice will be sent (if it is sent) until the claim is totally exhausted.

  24. Jelena Austin says:


    I have 2 more weeks or so left of my regular benefits. Will I have to file for an extension and how do you determine who is eligible for an extension? Is there any way to know beforehand?

    • kathy says:

      At the very end of your claim, call the local unemployment office. There is a short application for the extension and it can be done over the phone. As far as knowing beforehand, you could google the topic and get an educated guess but that’s all it is.

  25. Samantha Ruiz says:

    I have one more week left of my regular Unemployment Benefits. Once this is done do I have to reaaply for an extension or will they automatically extend my benefits?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Samantha,

      If you are eligible for an extension, unemployment office will send you a notice of eligibility along with a monetary determination, which provides your benefit detail.

  26. chris says:

    I am just ending tier 1 for euc benefits. Do u get all four tiers? I was also told i wud get benefits til dec21013. When shud u get ur notice that u r eligible?

  27. Barry says:

    Went to file unemployment today. I had $ 2400.00 left on tier 2 two weeks ago. Went to file and it said I have no unemployment remaining. I only collected 48 weeks. Hope you can answer this for me. Everything I see says 73 weeks total. Thanks….

  28. Brenda says:

    I was collecting unemployment under euc. The last notice I received stated I could collect till December 2013. I spoke with someone two weeks ago and was told the same. My last balance I collected was 143.00. I tried to file this morning and it stated I had call due to changes. Any idea if I am still about to collect. Unemployed since 4/29/11. Didn’t start collecting till 8/1/2011 due collecting a package. Thank you

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Brenda,

      You appear to have run out of benefits. Yes, the EUC benefits are available till Dec, 2013 but you seem to have exhausted your tiers. You can check with the unemployment office for a formal reason.

  29. Jimmy S says:

    How will the latest announcement of NJ unemployment rate of 8.7 affect those who will need to collect on tier 4?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Jimmy,

      With the unemployment rate below 9%, Tier-4 may not be available to unemployed New Jerseyans.

      • Db says:

        Isn’t the tier 4 9%rate based on a three month average.. So if you are close to collecting on it, you should’ve fine. I think it’s the people that will start to be on it in a few months , if the rate continues to fall, those are the people that won’t get it… Since its based on a three month average and currently the 3 month avg is still over 9… Since this is the first month it’s been below 9%.

  30. Tisha says:

    Are the any unemployment extensions available for those considering going back to school?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Tisha,

      I’m afraid, there aren’t any extensions available. If your schooling doesn’t interfere with your ability and availability to work full time then I think there is a possibility.

  31. Angela Torres says:

    I am waiting for information to qualitfy for tier 2 which they said were gonna send last week and I have not recieved anything, is there a way to apply via on-line?

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