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New Jersey Unemployment Weekly Claims

In order to keep receiving an unemployment check every week you must file a weekly claim or continued claim or weekly certification.

The purpose of filing a weekly certification is to tell the unemployment agency that you:

  • Are presently looking for a job
  • Did not do any work this week
  • Did not make any money this week
  • Did not find another job
  • Still want to receive an unemployment check or payment this week

Therefore, it is very important to file your weekly certification every week to keep obtaining your unemployment check.

If you delay in filing your weekly claim, you may not get your unemployment check on time.

  1. I try to reopen or file my claim online. It won’t let me it says I have a claim already it’s been all exhaust but it’s my old claim and I’m trying to open a new one which will not allow me too. I file a claim on the phone but it says for my claim to go through I need to speak to a agent which I can’t get ahold of. I’m getting nowhere and getting no help. I emailed them it’s been 3 weeks. I’ve been trying to open a claim over a month and getting no help.

    • The same thing happened to me! I filed on 3/20/20 and I still havent been contacted by unemployment . I get a generic email telling me how to claim weekly but when I go online it reverts to an.old claim I had in 2016 and tells me to contact an agent. I call 20-40 times a day and U CANNOT GET THRU!! I haven’t worked since 3/14 and I have 3 kids and NO MONEY LEFT!! I’ve emailed the govenor,senator, state representatives and the media. NOONE CAN HELP. U KUST HAVE TO WAIT! ITS HORRIBLE!!

    • Farhad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website. Please read more here –

      • Is this an automated response . All offices are closed so he cant go there and noone is answering the phones at the call center. This reply is RIDICULOUS !

  2. When trying to file my weekly benefits, the website is unavailable or tells me to call.
    When I call it says it’s busy and to call back. This is the second week that I have not been able to get in touch for my benefits. What should I do now?

  3. How do I report a commission payment that was recently told I will be receiving. I did not know at the time of filing claim. I was laid off in beginning of May and the Commission will be for the months I had worked in Jan-May. will this affect my benefits.

    • Lisa,

      You will be given an alternate option to either callback or be called during a preferred time depending on what your state has to offer. Please call the Claims Center for more information.

  4. I worked in NYC but live in NJ. My company was based out of NY and had offices in other states. Do I file for unemployment in NY or NJ? I was laid off many months ago and have had a severance, but it’s almost over and I have not been able to find full time work, so want to collect UI until I land a good job.
    What happens if I pick up some temp work one week and make money, which is a possibility.. but it’s inconsistent. Does that disrupt the unemployment? (Do I not file for UI that week, and then pick it back up the next week? And, does that extend your 24 total weeks of UI weeks another week, or is that week of UI forfeited because you earned money otherwise? Thanks for your help!

    • Please apply from the state where your employment was based. For precise answers to all your questions, please call the Unemployment Office.

  5. I am filing for NJ unemployment and receive social security. Will my unemployment be reduced due to social security.

  6. I just completed the online application for filing for unemployment here in NJ. What website do I access every week to confirm that I’m still not working and ensure that I get my weekly unemployment check? And, today May 4th 2017 is my first day of unemployment. What day each week do I log in to claim my weekly benefit?


  8. I have been collecting since Feb. 2014 My employer laid me off. I went back to work 2 months ago and he was slow again,so I reopened my claim.This time my employer tried fighting it claiming I was fired. I had a claims examiner call me with my ex-employer on the phone as well. He claimed I missed work without an excuse. That was a lie. I went to the hospital and gave him the papers. Anyway,Claim adjuster asked if I can get another copy which I did immediately and faxed it to him. My question is. My status said pending up until today? Today it no longer says pending. It says nothing at all where it says claim status? So does this mean that they found in my favor?

  9. I filed for unemployment on March 7th, when can I expect my debit card? When do I need to claim for my next week of unemployment?

    • Typically,first time claim will take upto 10 days for processing.If you do not hear within the turnaround time, please call the labor dept in your state for update.

      You can file online/by phone subsequently.

  10. I did not receive the date to start claiming my benefits yet I did get my money today and I don’t know when to start calling in

  11. I had to wait 13 weeks to get my nj funds released from innerstate.
    I am again being held up. When I filed today 8/5/2013 it said 559.00 was available and that it will be pending. If all after the 559.00 has been used, how does Pa know that I am ready to refile with them?
    When do I refile with them?

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