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New Jersey Unemployment Application

Check that you are filing for unemployment benefits with the appropriate state. If you live in New Jersey but worked in another state, you may be ineligible for unemployment benefits in New Jersey. Call the unemployment office in the state where you were employed, to determine where you should file.

Determine if you are eligible for unemployment benefits. To qualify for unemployment:

  • Become unemployed through no fault of their own
  • You must be involuntarily unemployed
  • Quit for a good cause (intolerable and unsafe working conditions)
  • Fired for poor job performance without warning, ongoing conflict with a coworker or boss that could not be resolved

Apply for benefits. To file a claim you will need:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Name, address and telephone number of your four most recent employers
  • Dates of your first and last days of employment
  • Reason for the separation from employment
  • An alien registration number, if they are not U.S. citizens, recall date or union information

File your application

If you meet the eligibility requirements, it is advised to file your unemployment claim via the Internet. The online application employs a secure connection to encrypt the data you submit.

If you do not wish to file your claim online, you may file by telephoning your Reemployment Call Center.

Union City (Serves Northeast New Jersey) (201) 601-4100
Freehold (Serves Northwest and

Central New Jersey)

(732) 761-2020
Cumberland (Serves South Jersey) (856) 507-2340
Out-of-State (888) 795-6672

Check Eligibility
Calculate Benefits

  1. Having a little trouble claiming benefits for this week. I am not working this week. My school is closed for the Christmas/New Year holiday. Therefore, I am trying to claim for 24 December 2018 thru 1 Jan 2019. I will keep on trying, but will need your assistance. My telephone number is 803-741-6202, if you would be kind. Thank you and happy holidays to you.

    • Renee,

      Please note you may not be allowed to claim for temp. off from work. If you need any further assistance, please call the Claims Center and speak to a representative.

  2. I filed an unemployment claim in NJ as “fired/discharge” but I have a hearing in 06/01/2018 for Misconduct. I did not put that as the reason, I put “fired/discharged”. Why does it say misconduct or will it automatically say that for the reason for the hearing?

    • Dawn,

      Chances are that the Unemployment Office has changed the “reason” due to your employer. They will contact your employer to understand the background. If you think its incorrect, please dispute through an adjudicator.

    • Thomas,

      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.

  3. I have been active filling out applications everywhere trying to come close to my pay and even taking a huge cut for a job. I have many skills and am very willing to go back to work. I lost my job, my home, my grandmother, my car and now my fiance’ is leaving. I was the breadwinner, I paid all the bills, now i have bills stacking up higher and higher. I have worked non stop for the past 30 years and you are telling me I cannot have an extension when I know many people that work for a few months just to collect again. It makes me sick to my stomach that this is the thanks i get for all of my tax contributions and working my butt off for what? to be treated like a degenerate, to be put out on the street now?

    • Joelle,

      I can understand your situation. Why don’t you call the Unemployment Office to inquire how they can help you?

        • 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.

    • The EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire about a state-provided extension in benefits.

  4. I been at the company for 10 years. its a small 2 man company now ive been a employee at this company the whole time punching in and punching out and also getting paid weekly 15$ an hr by a company check . hes had me fill out 1099 forms for the past 4 years . when I asked for W2 forms hes said he would have to fire me if I don’t fill out 1099 forms . now he fired me last week unexpectedly because he found out I was friends with some he doesn’t like . I have 3 kids at home and dnt know what to do after being at this one job since I was 18. can I collect unemployment ?

    • If you’re removed from the job due to no fault of yours, you should be able to claim UI benefits.

      Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute after you apply.

  5. I filed for unemployment, recievd mail to call in Jan.9, 2017,
    trying to file weekly claim on line, what do I do?

  6. I quit my job on 9-28-16. I was there for over 12 years. I started collecting my Social Security benefits in February 2016. IN March 2016, I gave my company notice that I would be leaving in mid December 2016. I’m 63. After I gave notice my boss started to harass me and became more verbally abusive. They hired someone to replace me in April 2016 who I had to train. I’m going to try to collect unemployment benefits due to hostile work environment. The proof I have is that I recorded by boss being abusive without his knowledge which under N.J. law should be allowed. I work for a small company with less than 20 employees–there is no personel dept or set policies. Please advise

    • Well, if you’re working in a hostile environment where you’re being harassed, you can quit and claim UI benefits.

      Drawing SS benefits will have a say. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details and decide accordingly.

  7. I have had my 6 month probation review and they extended my probation for another month. They say that I have not met the due dates of the delinquent contracts I’ve acquired (they were already delinquent when I started). If they decide that they will not make me permanent after a month, can I file for unemployment? Thank you!

    • Depends. If you’re laid off due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible.

      Plus, you also need to have employment in the last 4 calendar quarters.

  8. I am a single mom of 2 and have had several jobs in the past 18 months. The job where I made the most money I was recently laid off because it is seasonal work and I am set to return to work in August. I have collected for separation from this job in the previous years. All the other part time jobs I left for various reasons. Some were for better job opportunities, others were because of lack of work, and some jobs did not work with my schedule with my children. Since most of my earnings came from my seasonal work will I still be eligible to get at least partial for separation from the seasonal job despite any reasons for separation with the other 5 jobs?

  9. The company I work for is slow and will not have work for me for a couple of weeks. How long do I need to be out of work to claim unemployment/layoff benefits? They are thinking is could be a short as two weeks, or possible a little longer. Just for my personal information, if it ends up being only one week, would I still qualify?

    • If the job is seasonal or the time off is scheduled, you may not be eligible.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  10. i have been working for a company and they are making it mandatory that we are to work over time and the last Saturday of the month, I’m a signal mom of 2 minor childern, I do not get paid for over time for I get paid salary I have one person that reports to me 2 days a week. I’m looking to quit but unsure If I will be eligible to collect unemployment, I’m stressed everyday and its just not healthy for me what do I need to do.

    • If you decide to quit voluntarily and make a claim, you will not qualify.

      Please tread carefully. Escalate within the organisation for relief.

    • Looks like, it is still under process. Please call the claims center to understand the reason for being “Under Process”.

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