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New Jersey Unemployment Eligibility

New Jersey’s unemployment compensation law sets the requirements that must be met to obtain unemployment compensation in the state.

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • You must have lost job through no fault of your own.
  • Be available for work
  • Be actively seeking work
  • You must quit your job for good cause
  • Your must not be fired for misconduct

Monetary Eligibility

To be monetarily eligible for unemployment benefits,

  • You must have worked at least 20 base weeks in covered employment
  • Must have earned $7,300 in your base year
  • You must earn minimum dollar figure ($145) for each week worked during a 52 week period called a base year

There are alternate plans that may come into effect if you did not meet this 20-week requirement. The unemployment department will consider the previous 18 months and make a determination about eligibility.

Eligibility Questions

Can I receive unemployment if I am fired?

Benefits in New Jersey are not obtainable to people who were fired for misconduct or performance related issues. People who were fired for reasons mot related to their performance, however are eligible for benefits. So, for example, if an individual was fired because the company for which he worked chose to cut back and restructure, then he is possibly eligible. However, if he was fired for carelessness, he is not qualified.

Can I Get Unemployment If I Quit My Job?

You might be able to receive unemployment if you quit a job in New Jersey, but it depends in documentation and circumstances. New Jersey considers the reason why you are out of work and the basic law is that is must be for a cause that is not your fault. If you leave willingly, it’s not easy to qualify.

New Jersey does recognize a few special cases, such as

  • Domestic violence
  • Leaving job to join a military spouse assigned to a new location
  • Quitting job for  “good cause”

The ruling also says New Jersey law clearly intends to keep out claimants who leave a job for personal reasons.

Can I obtain unemployment benefits if I am laid-off?

Usually, in New Jersey you have to lose your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible should apply immediately to apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that the company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer pay for your job.

Questions & Answers

  1. CM says:

    How does working as a seasonal employee during the November – December Holiday period affect NJ unemployment payments?

    • Sam says:

      Seasonal workers are generally not eligible due to the obvious nature of work.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  2. Jean says:

    If you were a reduction in force collecting unemployment in a union and first to be called back and the same company calls you and offers a 2 1/2 hour part time position do you have to take it. I was told I would loose my number one spot for full time if I take this job.

  3. Shaun says:

    I am a New Jersey resident. I lost my job in Pennsylvania. My PA unemployment benefits are running out. I am still unemployed. Do I qualify for NJ unemployment?

    • Sam says:


      UI benefits are only a one-time affair from one state. Please call the Claims Center in NJ for clarification.

  4. Love3 says:

    Can state workers receive UI for one day of furlough?

    • Sam says:

      UI benefits are only offered to those who lose their jobs.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  5. linda says:

    I am a temp, I so far have worked 14 weeks and made 7170. would I be eligible for unemployment?

  6. Jan Babula says:

    I have been contributing to unemployment for 18 months with my current employer which is closing next month and moving out of state. I currently am collecting a NJ state pension from local government. Am I eligible to collect unemployment while collecting a pension?

    • Sam says:

      You should be able to collect both if you continue looking for employment.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to clarify.

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