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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 $8,500 in your base year
  • You must earn a minimum dollar figure ($169) 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.

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.

137 thoughts on “New Jersey Unemployment Eligibility”

  1. I can’t get a hold of anyone on the phone numbers that I continue to call. And the number I keep calling will disconnect me because of “the high call volume” So how can I finish the information that is needed? I do not have any way to get out to the main office and I received information in the mail saying I was going to start receiving unemployment but every time I go to file for my weekly claim is says “unpaid” What is going on? I also have to claim my child what is the issue that I can’t get a hold of anyone over the phone? Everything I received in the mail says I’m eligible but I have yet to receive anything and still can not get a hold of anyone.

    1. Jennifer,

      I can understand your situation. Since you’ve tried calling multiple times and unable to reach, please try the option of visiting an office in the vicinity.

    1. Cindy,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  2. if my company is relocating and my commute will now be over 50 miles each way – can I quit and collect unemployment due to the time and commuting costs increasing

    1. Nancy,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to check if you’re eligible.

  3. my company fired me, because I talked to my boss in a private meeting that a new hire manager is on the sexual offender list. the company fire me saying that is a gossip. but that is a public document. I’m elegible to collect?

    1. Joe,

      As long as you were not involved in conjunction, I don’t see any reason for your employer to fire you. Please consider filing for UI benefits and keep the supporting documents handy in case of a dispute during application processing.

  4. My girlfriend is facing imminent unemployment (her division may be cut). She lives and works in NYC now but is moving in with me in NJ soon. Where should she file?

    1. Jordan,

      Please ask her to file from the state where her employed is based. Employers’ generally remit unemployment taxes in the state of employment.

  5. I am facing a layoff. I am also currently collecting Social Security. Will I be eligible for UI? I want to and am able to continue working.
    Thank You

  6. My employer is offering early retirement. I’ve paid into UI for 30 years. I still want to work after retirement; am I eligible to collect UI while look for a new job?

    1. Ana,

      You should be able to collect as long as its involuntary and you continue seeking work. Please consider applying for UI benefits.

    1. Jackie,

      UI benefits are extended to claimants who lost their job due to involuntary reasons. If the stress was due to working conditions, please call the Claims Center to ascertain eligibility.

  7. Live in NY and work in NJ can u collect if I quit my jo for working there 11 years. Emotionally stress and y boss put me on probation for not being engage he says…

    1. Ava,

      Generally, UI benefits are extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office to discuss your situation.

  8. Hello,
    I am moving 1 1/2 hours away from my job and I have been looking for work for over 6 weeks. I advised my employer of my moving situation and so my last day with them is 3/23/18 because I gave them enough notice so that they could hire someone to replace me and that replacement will take place as of 3/23/18. if I still cannot find a job within an hour’s drive of my new residence can I collect unemployment when my replacement begins on 3/23?

  9. I live in Pennsylvania but I work in Marlton New Jersey. My company was bought out by another company located in California. They are closing our office and I am being laid off with no fault of my own will I be eligible for unemployment and should I file in the state of New Jersey even though I live in Pennsylvania

  10. I was denied unemplyment in November 2017 after working on my job for 6yrs in New Jersey, I left the job to go back to school. I’ve since worked for 6 weeks but was recently laid off due to slow work, should I reopen my claim and do I have a good chance of being able to collect from the previous filing ?

    1. Kerry,

      Please call the Unemployment Office and discuss this with a claims representative. If there are benefit weeks left in your account, you should be able to claim.

  11. Hi,
    I am a PA resident but I work in NJ. My license was suspended but I was getting a ride by my spouse to work. This arrangement can no longer work out. Will I be eligible for unemployment if I have to quit my job due to this?

    1. Cheryl,

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

    1. Donna,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. If the full-time hours are cut, you can be eligible to claim partial UI benefits.

  12. I am currently enrolled in college and next year I will need to complete 960 hours of an unpaid externship for school. This is during the day only and I will no longer be able to work at my job. Does anyone know if I would be eligible to collect unemployment?

  13. Can I collect unemployment if I am moving out of state? if so, What do I need to bring? I have worked in NJ for more than 15 YEARS full time.

  14. If a person is disabled and collects temporary disability benefits from NJ, and the benefits are exhausted, can they then collect unemployment benefits if they are able to work? Specifically, are the disability and unemployment benefits from the same fund?

    1. Steven,

      UI benefits are only extended to those who became unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office to clarify.

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

      Please contact the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

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

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  17. 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?

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

      Please call the Unemployment Office to clarify.

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