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Updated : March 24th, 2023

New Jersey Unemployment Benefits

New Jersey Unemployment Benefits

The New Jersey Unemployment Insurance program is designed to provide a financial benefit to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The state’s UI benefits activities are handled by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL). The funds for UI benefits are collected in the form of payroll taxes from employers.

Unemployment benefits in New Jersey compensate claimants for lost wages. The goal is to provide financial assistance while you look for employment opportunities. To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must meet the required all eligibility criteria as set by New Jersey unemployment laws.

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The New Jersey Unemployment Benefits Calculator helps you estimate your UI weekly benefits amount.

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Use the New Jersey unemployment calculator to estimate your UI benefit payments.

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Eligibility To Apply for UI Benefits in New Jersey (NJ)

NJDOL has established the eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits. A lack of information or misinformation regarding your eligibility can lead to a delay or denial of UI benefits.

Eligibility for unemployment benefits in NJ depends on several factors, including financial and non-financial requirements.

  • You must have earned at least $260 per week for 20 weeks, or at least $13,000 total during your base year period
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You must be actively searching for work
  • You must be willing to accept any suitable job offer
  • You must be able and available to work full-time
  • You must maintain eligibility by certifying each week and attending any required appointments
  • You must be a United States citizen or be legally able to work in New Jersey state

Monetary Eligibility

To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, claimants must have earned at least $260 per week for 20 weeks (or at least $13,000 total) during the base year period. A base period is a duration of one year in which the applicants have worked and earned wages. Monetary eligibility in NJ is based on the wages earned by you during the base period.

Learn more about New Jersey UI eligibility requirements

Job Separation

The reason for separating from your previous organization will play a major role in determining your eligibility factor for UI benefits. As per the NJDOL, only people who have lost their jobs for no fault of their own will be eligible for unemployment benefits.

If your reason for leaving the previous organization is not due to the lack of/shortage of work, a claims examiner will set up a fact-finding interview by either phone or email to find out if you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

In order to qualify for the New Jersey unemployment benefits, you must satisfy the below conditions:

  • You must not have lost your job due to your fault
  • You must not have quit the job voluntarily, without any work-related reasons
  • You were not fired from your previous organization due to misconduct
  • You were not involved in any illegal or unethical activities in your previous organization

The unemployment claim examiner will contact your employer to verify your claims. If the reason given by you doesn’t match your employer, you may be denied unemployment compensation.

    Eligibility Calculator

    Maintaining Eligibility

    There are some additional eligibility criteria that you must fulfill once you start receiving UI benefits. You must certify your claim before you can receive unemployment compensation.
    To maintain eligibility for UI benefits, you must fulfill the following requirements:
    • You must be mentally and physically able to work throughout the base period
    • You must be seeking new employment opportunities. You are expected to submit a job search report every week, detailing employer info and contact information.
    • You are expected to be available for work at all times during the benefits period
    • You must not reject any suitable job offers made during the benefits period
    • You must keep up with all the appointments with the DLWD. Missing any appointments might lead to the stoppage of weekly benefits
    You must search for a new job opportunity and must accept a suitable offer. You must also fulfill all the meetings, interviews, or training obligations with the NJDOL. If you don’t meet any of these requirements, the DLWD may stop your weekly benefits.

    Learn more about job search requirements

    How To Apply For UI Benefits in New Jersey?

    To apply for UI benefits in NJ, applicants must carry the following documents:

    You can apply for benefits through an online portal or by placing a telephone call to NJDOL.

    Learn how to apply for New Jersey unemployment benefits

    How To File Weekly Claims

    You must certify your weekly claim before you can get paid. You will be asked a series of questions about being able and willing to work. You must report any earnings for the week, and provide documentation of the job contacts you made during the week as you searched for a job.

    You can file your weekly claim online or by calling the New Jersey unemployment call center. 

    Learn how to claim weekly benefits

    Things To Know After Filing An Application

    You should aware of certain important information such as overpayments and fraud to make sure that there are no hindrances in the benefits period. Also, it helps to have sufficient information about labor statistics and job training programs that can help you to compete in the job market.

    Overpayments And Fraud

    As per the NJ DOL, an overpayment occurs when you receive UI benefits to which you were entitled. In such a scenario, you are expected to pay it back to NJDOL.

    The department will send you a notice as soon as they identify an overpayment. The notice will contain the reason why the NJDOL considers any payment made as an overpayment. It will also mention the total amount that is considered an overpayment, and your right to appeal against the decision of the department if you do not agree with the decision.

    If you received overpayments by purposefully providing misinformation, it will be considered NJ unemployment fraud. The NJ DOL takes UI fraud very seriously and penalties can include a denial of benefits, fines, and even criminal charges.

    Benefits Extension

    The state offers a UI benefits extension only when the unemployment rate is high. Currently, there are no extended benefits available in New Jersey. Programs such as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) are expired and no longer available.

    Job Training Assistance

    The state of New Jersey provides ample opportunities for job seekers to learn skills to improve their competency in the job market. The state offers various training programs for New Jersey residents looking for work or to advance their careers. You can visit a local One Stop Career center for information on the latest trainings and workshops.

    Learn about job training opportunities in New Jersey


    If your unemployment benefit is denied, you have the right to file an appeal. The appeal process allows you to contest the decision.

    The appeal process begins with submitting a written request for an appeal within 20 calendar days of the date the initial determination was mailed. The appellant must clearly state the reasons for contesting the decision, and provide any relevant supporting documents or evidence. Once the appeal is filed, a hearing will be scheduled where both parties can present their arguments and provide testimony from witnesses.

    Learn how to file an appeal in New Jersey

    New Jersey unemployment contact information

    If you have questions about your claim for New Jersey UI benefits, or require assistance with filing, you call the unemployment claims center.

    For help with finding a new job, including resume writing help and training programs, visit your local American Jobs Center.

    More New Jersey Benefits

    If you have exhausted your New Jersey UI benefits, there are other types of government assistance available.

    Displaced Homemaker Programs

    Displaced Homemaker Programs help people who used to work at home for a long time but now need to make money for their family because their spouse passed away, became disabled, or got divorced. These programs teach New Jersey residents new skills and help them find jobs. There are 22 programs in 21 counties in the state, managed by the New Jersey Division on Women.

    New Jersey Women, Children, & Infants (WIC) Program

    New Jersey WIC Services help make pregnancies healthier and improve nutrition for low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, as well as their infants and children. The program strives to prevent issues that affect the health and nutrition of participants.

    SNAP (Food Stamps)

    New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) offers food assistance to low-income families, enabling them to purchase groceries using a benefits card, known as an EBT card. EBT cards are accepted at numerous food retail stores, including select restaurants and farmers markets. Eligibility is determined by various criteria, including income and resources. By utilizing SNAP benefits, families can afford to eat nutritious items that contribute to their overall health and well-being.

    NJ Medicaid

    Medicaid is a health insurance program that helps parents or caretakers, children, pregnant women, and elderly or disabled people. It covers hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care, and other healthcare needs, depending on the person’s eligibility.

    To qualify for New Jersey Medicaid, you must:

    • Live in New Jersey
    • Be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien
    • Meet specific financial income and resource requirements
    • Belong to one of these groups: Families with dependents, pregnant women, seniors over 65, or blind/disabled

    Section 8

    New Jersey Section 8 is a housing assistance program that helps low-income families and individuals afford safe and quality housing. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD, the program provides direct rent subsidy payments to landlords. The program is based on the principle that housing costs, including rent and utilities, should not exceed 30% of a household’s income.

    Need more help?

    Call the NJ DOL call center

    Visit a local One Stop Career center

    Frequently Asked Question

    Q. Will I lose my eligibility if I do not take a job offer that is not suitable to me?
    You must accept a job offer that is suitable for you. In the event, you end up refusing a suitable job offer, Because people's experience and circumstances are different, the definition of a "suitable job" varies. It depends on your skills, place of residence, and your past salary. While you are unemployed, you will look for a job similar to your last job in terms of commute, job duties, and salary. The longer you stay unemployed, the more flexible you'll have to be in terms of accepting a new job. For example, you may have to travel a greater distance, accept a different type of job, or start at a lower salary.
    Q. Will I be eligible for Unemployment Benefits if I lost my job due to a labor dispute?

    If your unemployment is due to a labor dispute (strike or lockout) at your employer's premises that resulted in a work stoppage, you may be disqualified for benefits.

    If it appears you are participating in a labor dispute, you must continue to claim your benefits by phone or on the Internet while we determine your eligibility. The decision is made by the labor dispute officer in the Division of Unemployment Insurance after your employer and union give us the required information.

    Q. Is a claimant eligible to receive unemployment benefits when he/she receives training or attends school?
    Claimants are eligible to receive unemployment benefits when they are receiving training. The claimant needs to get approval from the department of labor and workforce to receive unemployment benefits. Students are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. The only way for a student to be eligible to receive UI is to establish 20 or more base weeks of employment. Or meet the alternative earning test during the student’s academic years in the base year.
    Q. What happens if I’m offered a job but don’t think it’s the right fit for me?
    If a suitable job is offered you should accept it. Failing to accept the job may deny your benefits for the week for which you did not accept the job and also the next three weeks. The definition of a suitable job may be different for each person. Everything depends on your past salary, where you live and your skillset. The time you remain unemployed you must look for a job similar to your last job in terms of job duties, commute, and salary.

    If you remain unemployed for a longer period of time the more adaptable you’ll have to be when it comes to accepting a new job. E.g you may have to accept a job which is further from your home with a much lower salary.
    Q. What happens if I can’t start a new job immediately?
    When unemployed you must be available for work and be able to join the new company at any given point in time. You should have access to transport which will help you get the job immediately. Individuals must have no particular reasons stopping you from getting the job. If you are traveling for a week or more or you’re on vacation you will not be able to receive unemployment benefits for that given point of time.
    Q. What happens when you're claiming unemployment benefits and you return to work full time?
    Once you return to a full-time job while you are claiming unemployment benefits, you should notify the DLWD. You will be asked to answer a specific set of questions which are as follows:
    • The exact date which you returned to work
    • Gross wages you earned
    • Number of hours you worked
    • Your employers' name, address and phone number
    Q. What happens if I hold an H-1B visa but recently lost my job. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
    All H-1B visa holders are legally allowed to work in the United States for one specified employer. If you are separated from that employer permanently and your status which is alien has not changed you are not allowed to legally work for any other employer, which means you are ineligible for unemployment benefits. The only way you can be eligible for benefits is if you are on a temporary layoff from your current employer with a definitive day for you to return to work.
    Q. What if I don't have a job due to a strike or labor dispute. Can I claim unemployment benefits?
    If you are unemployed due to a strike or a labor dispute at the premise of your employer which in turn resulted in a stoppage of work you can be disqualified and will not receive unemployment benefits. If it seems like you are participating in a labor dispute, you should continue to claim your benefits while the DLWD determines your eligibility. The final decision is in the hands of the DLWD once your employer and union give us the necessary information.
    Q. Do I wait until my severance pay ends to file my claim?
    It’s important to file your claim as soon as you stop working. Even if you are getting severance pay. Severance pay includes any payment that does not extend employment based on the number of years you have served your employer.

    When you file your claim via the phone, the agent reviews all separation payments with you. When you file your claim online, and if it seems your payment may affect your UI benefits, the department will conduct an important fact-finding interview.

    Questions & Answers

    1. I have an outstanding claim from Sept of 2021. Was told 2 wks ago that it was approved and now waiting for a claims examiner to review before releasing funds. How much longer will it be before someone will review the file? Oh yea and they’ve “escalated” my file several times. Not sure if that even means anything anymore.

      • Dear Brian,

        New Jersey is having a lot of trouble processing claims. They are by no means the worst state (that’s Florida) but they are consistently overwhelmed. Your best bet is to continue calling, and document the phone calls. I also advise claimants to consider contacting your local US Congress Member to complain. It’s their job to help citizens sort out gov’t problems!



    2. Good afternoon,
      I am finally receiving my weekly benefits, after waiting almost 2 months. I am very thankful to be receiving benefits, however, I think my WBR is wrong. I worked in two different states last year. NJ being the latter of the two. I only worked in NJ for a total of 20 weeks, but made more than the former state. What do I do if I disagree with my WBR? I don’t want (can not) to stop receiving benefits.
      Thanks for your time.

      • Matt,

        Please call the Unemployment Office right away to discuss this with a representative. Alternatively, please also check if you can file a dispute on the website (after logging in).

    3. I am told my claim is “unpayable “at this time… What does that mean??? I can not get ahold of a live person to ask this question. I have not received a check since 10/24/2020 n my claim has over $9000 sitting there n I can get access to it n I don’t know why. Please somebody help me I’m going on 6 months WITH NO SOURCE OF INCOME!!!! PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

    4. I was initially terminated from my job due to the Corona virus, i was to receive a one time payout for my remaining vacation time so therefore, i signed up for unemployment benefits right away. a few days later, my boss called me and informed me that he got our employer to change this to a furlough so now my sick/vacation time is going to be paid out over a span of 1 1/2 months. I do not want this to be taken out of my unemployment benefits which is what happened this morning when i went in and declared my vacation time for last week. How can i prevent this from happening for the next month? My vacation pay is coming from my employer and should not be deducted from my UI benefits. Should i stop claiming weekly and at the end of my vacation pay out, go back into UI and reopen my claim? Any advise would be very helpful as i cant get through on the phone or the “contact us” via email on the UI site.

    5. I lost my job after 2 years. My UEB stopped after 13 weeks. I thought it went for 26 weeks? An I apply for an extension?

      • Peter,

        As much as I am aware, there is no extension available. Please call the Unemployment Office to know if they can offer you additional monetary benefits.

        • Sam, appreciate the comment. If I may, are you saying that UEB are 13 weeks and that 26 weeks would have been an extension?

          • Peter,

            It’s always up to 26 weeks of regular UI benefits. The number of weeks a claimant is eligible for depends on multiple factors.

      • Richard,

        Please call the Claims Center for instructions. You may be required to fill a form online/offline.

      • Richard,

        You need to ask for a 1099-G in this regard. Please visit the website of the office (the form should be available for download on the homepage) or call the Claims Center for an update.

        • Hi, so I recently got laid off due to a reorg. I’m waiting for my severance check to arrive. Can I file a claim for unemployment now or do I have to wait until I receive my severance check before I apply for unemployment. I live in New Jersey. The severance check will be a lump sum of 24 weeks

          • Thank you Sam for your reply. You said to apply now, but I don’t know the amount of my severance until I receive it. That could be in a month and you said to declare the severance lump sum at the time of application

          • James,

            You should be able to apply for UI benefits right away. Make sure to declare the severance lump sum at the time of application.

        • I am possible moving back up to NJ from another state. I had lived in NJ for 20+ years before I loved away. As I will not be able to apply for a job until I officially move back to NJ, would I qualify for unemployment until I obtain full time employment?

          • Karen,

            If you were separated from your previous employment due to involuntary reasons, you should be able to claim UI benefits.

    6. If while collecting unemployment I have to have surgery after two weeks, is there a waiting period changing over to disability?

    7. I found out today that I’m eligible to receive a Max claim in NJ. If I was to open a claim today (1 / 2 / 2019) will it be opened with NJ new 2019 Max benefit amount or that of 2018?

      • it is also distasteful for you to have advertisement’s on this site. we are hurt enough because we can not afford housing. we have to use the services of food banks to eat. than when we become homeless you look down on us.

      • I receive a W2 but I am only commissioned base ….technically self employed through the mortgage industry….and my paystubs show commissioned based.
        It’s been very slow for me in the past 6 months…and haven’t earned much money at all….to sustain myself.
        Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits…?

        • Jacki,

          Potential claimants on “Commission” basis do not generally qualify since employers don’t remit Unemployment Taxes. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      • Cheryl,

        I am not sure of the exact turnaround time. Please contact the adjudicator or your contact to understand more. Alternatively, the details of the process should also be available on the department’s website.

    8. I worked for a small company for 8 years and was fired due to my performance never had a verbal warning, written warning and final warning, I came in never late and never called out. I have a claims examiner interview next week for misconduct. I don’t know why it is called misconduct. never had anything on my file that was negative I also had a bonus in December.
      I think they fired me because I know a lot of the company doing unethical doing. Can I tell this to the claim examiner?

    9. My job is terminating my position, can I collect unemployment and social security too? I have the age for SS.

    10. My husband lost his job, but has salary continuation rather than a lump sum severence. He is not working them during this time. Is he eligible to collect?

    11. Had a disagreement with another employee. Was after hours. Was pulled into office and told to resign or be fired, I was not given the ability to tell my side of story. I had a witness but was told they didn’t want to involve others. So they fired me. I applied for benefits, had my call now I wait. I don’t think my firing was misconduct. What do you think?

      • Mary,

        If you think it was not your fault, I suggest you keep supporting documents/facts/ ready to prove yourself in case it becomes an official dispute.

    12. my job has been eliminated but they want me to give them a letter to resign should I give it to them

    13. i am a bus driver but only started driving again due to medical problem
      but i did other work i was able to do. How can i find out how much did i earn in the base period it has to be $3360

      • Philippa,

        Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website to estimate benefits. The actual determination by the Unemployment Office will be done considering multiple factors.

      • Ronald,

        You can be eligible as long as you continue seeking work. Please consider applying and declare your SS benefits at the time of application.

    14. I own a store in nj. I am a c-corp and i own 100% of the shares. My spouse was an employee of my company and paid as such. I lost my lease and I am in the process of closing down my corporation. Can my spouse file for unemployment benefits as she is not a corporate officer and owns no equity stake or shares in the company.

    15. I went on an interview on Friday, 9/22, I was told that they would make a decision by the end of day or by Monday, 9/25, the latest. I informed them that that I would be away on Monday, 9/25, that I had prepaid timeshare in Aruba for the week of 9/25. I claimed my week for unemployment on Sunday, 9/24 and Sunday, 10/1. I had my friend go to my house and check my answering machine everyday that I was gone. She had told me that they had called and wanted to speak to me. I called them everyday, Monday, 9/25 through Friday, 9/29 and left several messages to call me on my cell or via email. I received no response. I tried again on Monday, October 2 and received a job offer to start on Tuesday, October 17th. I also returned another staffing company’s call while in Aruba. I was asked if I was interested in a position and replied yes. So the recruiter put me in for that as well. I was denied my weekly claim benefit for the week of 9/25-9/29, because I am told by the claim reviewer that I filed on the internet while in Aruba and that I am not permitted to take a vacation. I do not think that this is fair being that I was actively seeking employment even while out of the country. I can prove this with my phone records if needed. Please understand that I have spent at a minimum of 2hrs daily applying for medical coding jobs, taking assessments since the time that I had been laid off. I live from paycheck to paycheck and feel that I shouldn’t have been penalized for taking a prepaid timeshare week. Please advise.

      • Michele,

        I can understand your situation and I am sure you’re being pro-active in this regard. I suggest that you call the Claims Center and speak to a supervisor. If they still continue to deny, you can file an “Appeal” and present documents supporting your stance.

    16. My husband was fired due to misconduct, yet is he able to collect after a 6 week waiting period as he has been out of work for 4 months since losing his job.

      • Your husband may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

        Please call the Unemployment Office for details.

    17. In July of 2014 i was let go from I held a job for 17 years do to reorganization. I collected UE until Jan 2015. I have held a part time job since Oct 2015 and just learned that the org is going out of business and we are all going to be let go, but all of us are eligible for UE. Will my benefit be based on only the PT job or the FT job as II have been paying into the system for over 20 years?

    18. My job was eliminated. While I am searching for a new position, I have taken a seasonal job for 8-10 hours per week. Every time I file, I list the last day worked and the hours, but if I try to submit a new claim I am unable to. I believe the way the questions are worded it looks like I have resumed a new job. I have been trying to fix this, but I am unable to reopen the case for more than a week before same thing happens. I have spent hours trying to reach someone on the phone, but have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions?

      • Camille,

        Unfortunately, we do not have access to the claims system to help you in this regard. Please look up on the Unemployment Office website for FAQs and guides in this regard.

    19. My position was cut. I was offered a new position with hours I cannot work being a single mom. Can I collect if I don’t not take this position.

      • Susan,

        You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    20. I am eligible for unemployment benefits from a previous full time job. I also work a part time job which as increased my hours to the point that I cannot get the unemployment benefits. (e.g. My benefit is $336 weekly and I am averaging about $350 gross with the “part time job”.) I don’t want to work 35 hours at this job ($10/hr x 35 hours= $350) anymore. Can I leave this part time job and collect benefits as this job is not the one I was released from originally? Thank You!


      • Rajinder,

        If you’re able to prove with documentation, you can be eligible. Your employer may raise a dispute after you apply. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy.

    22. i was laid off from my permanent job 3 weeks ago. i then found a new job, worked for 3 days found the work was too strenuous for me plus had hours that were longer than they represented. i left that job. can i still claim benefits?

    23. another question: there are some online tutoring firms overseas that pay a base rate of $7.59 per hour + bonus based on student feedback (as long as it is given). Tutors are not employees, but are considered on “contract” and self-employed. Hours are not guaranteed, nor is pay except the base rate. Tutors say when they are available. This is definitely a part time opportunity for U.S. residents because of the pay. I was thinking of trying 1 – 2 hours a week just to get a little something and see what it is like. How do I report something like this to unemployment?

      • Contract workers are generally not eligible.

        When you call the Unemployment Office, you can also discuss this topic.

    24. I have been doing some part time work while on unemployment (the boss that laid me off has called on me to do some work (bout 10-12 hours a week) . That pay reduced what I got from unemployment so that at the end of 26 weeks, there will still be money in unemployment benefits. If I still don’t have any full time work by that time, can I still claim unemployment benefits since there will still be benefits available?

    25. I’m a union worker who was laid off may 5 2017, and have worked some in my home state but am unsure if I will be eligible here. I made 7337.47 working for Tru Val electric in NJ, and also I heard there is a way to combine benefits somehow to collect NJ unemployment. It can be confusing when working in different states….Thanks for any help

      • Please apply from the state where your previous employment was based since the employer would have remitted taxes in that state.

    26. My job is shutting down shipping most of our work to Mexico and Tenn.I will get a severance package can i start collecting unemployment or do i have to wait for that to run out first?

    27. I worked at my job for 10 years and quit. Then I started a new job right after but it did not work out and was let go after 7 weeks. Am I able to claim unemployment?

    28. If an employer reduces your hours from 40 hrs a week to 32 hrs using the reduction in hours to be referenced as a “furlough” can an employee file for a partial unemployment benefit.

      • If it’s due to voluntary reasons, you may not qualify to claim UI benefits.

        Please check further with the Unemployment Office.

    29. I am a high school teacher at a public school in New Jersey. I just found out this month that my contract will not be renewed for next year because of a reduction in force. I am nontenured ( I was supposed to get 10 year the first day of September next year). Because I do not have a contract in the fall and am I eligible to receive an appointment over the summer?

      • Seasonal workers are generally not eligible to claim UI benefits due to the nature of work.

        Please call the Unemployment Office to clarify eligibility based on your background.

    30. I have received a notice in the mail titled ‘NOTICE OF EXHAUSTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS’ after 13-weeks of unemployment insurance coverage, is this standard? I have proactively filed another claim with the hopes of getting the extended unemployment coverage for an additional 13-weeks, but have yet to hear back. Is there anyway for me to actively pursue the extended coverage, or do I just need to wait.

      • That will be the end of the benefits cycle. As far as I am aware, there is no extension available.

        Please call the Claims Center.

    31. I have worked part-time for this Co., and will be laid off next month, (over 3 years). Do I qualify for unemployment /

      • Part-time employment does not generally qualify.

        Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

      • I don’t think you can claim for the lost weeks.

        Please call the Claims Center for further instructions in this regard.

    32. I need to care for an aging relative out of state for an extended period of time. Can I collect unemployment if I leave my job to do this? I live in NJ. My mom is in WV.

      • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    33. I got laid off and collecting Unemployment from NJ. My spouse got transferred to another state, do I have to be NJ resident to collect unemployment from NJ.

    34. I will be switching companies from a Louisiana based employer to a NJ based employer as a merchant mariner I will be working an even time on/off rotation. How soon after I begin working with the NJ company and experience the first off hitch (lack of work)time am I eligible to begin the claims process?

      • Thank you sir, but this is not seasonal employment. It is full time employment as a mariner in the merchant marine on a rotational on and off schedule. I was wondering if there was a waiting period between the time I am employed by my NJ employer and the time I can open a new claim. I see people moving to NJ may have to wait up to 18 months (making claims in the state of their previous employer) before being permitted to file with NJ. I would be an interstate claim as a merchant mariner.

        • Thank you for the clarification. I suggest that you speak to the Unemployment Office to get precise answers to all your questions.

          An application to claim Unemployment Insurance can be made accordingly.

    35. Our company offers a ‘Supplemental Unemployment Benefit’, which unlike standard ‘Severance pay’, is not subject to Social Security FICA taxes. Does New Jersey allow the simultaneous payment of SUI and a SUB (supplemental unemployment benefit)?

    36. I am collecting unemployment at 677 per week. I started a new job on Wednesday and my pay for the 3 days will be more than the 677 I am allowed. Will I still be able to collect a reduced amount or since my compensation for the week is greater than my benefit, I get 0.00

    37. Our employer is going to be reducing our full time hours from 38-40 down to 24 are we able to file for partial unemployment to makeup for what we are losing as we are still full time employees?

      • Yes, you should be able to file for partial UC benefits.

        Please speak to the Unemployment Office before filing to confirm the mechanics.

    38. I recently worked on a 5 month assignment as a 1099 and the assignment is over. Can I collect unemployment from the past.

      • Contact workers are generally not eligible to claim/receive Unemployment Insurance.

        Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm.

    39. I am 57 I have health issues with my knee and feet because I am require to stand most of the day. I been at my job six months and need to quit because of health concerns and test I need to take that I don’t have time off for in I leave can I collect my unemployment

      • Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health issues are not considered. You will not be eligible.

        Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    40. I started a nonprofit organization and my job has suspended me without pay for two weeks pending an investigation as to an conflict of interest with my job and my nonprofit organization. I was advised I could return to work if I ceased the nonprofit as it is a conflict. If I do not cease, I can no longer work for them. Can I receive unemployment because I refuse to cease the organization?

      • You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    41. I got laid off last Dec and collected unemployment for the full 6 months and went without any pay for 3 months before I was able to find work. I took a temp position 8/15/2016 and will be done 11/18/2016. Will I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in the state of NJ again until I find another job?

      • Sharon,

        Unemployment Insurance is only a one-time affair. It is not revolving in nature and therefore, you will not be eligible to apply for it again.

    42. I have been on temporary disability for 4 months and I am about to be released to return to work by my doctor. I am a salaried employee and I just learned my employer is going to reduce my salary by 30 to 40%. Also, they have hired some one to take over my position. They tell me they will find a new position for me, but at a 30-40% reduced salary.
      If I leave my job will I be able to collect unemployment?

      • If you leave voluntarily, you will not qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state and decide accordingly.

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