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A Guide To The Extended Unemployment Benefits In New Jersey

Updated : December 3rd, 2020

As regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) begins to expire for more than 1.4 million New Jerseyans, the state Legislature has passed a new bill that allows more unemployed people to receive extended unemployment benefits in New Jersey. So, who qualifies for the Extended Benefits in New Jersey under the new bill? Know it here! 

The Extended Unemployment Benefits In New Jersey 

The state Department Of Labor (DOL) had announced extended unemployment benefits in New Jersey in July 2020. The extension was possible because the state had reached high unemployment periods. According to the Department, high unemployment periods are those times when the unemployment rate of the state reaches 8% for the most recent 3 months. The state’s unemployment rate is 15.3% in April, 15.2% in May, and 16.8% in June. 

Under the Extended Benefits (EB) program, the unemployed New Jerseyans will be able to claim benefits for an additional 20 weeks, provided they have exhausted benefits received through the regular 26 weeks of benefits and extra 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

The cost of the Extended Benefits (EB) is equally split between the federal government and the state unemployment trust fund.

Who Qualifies For The Extended Benefits In New Jersey?

To qualify for the 20 weeks New Jersey unemployment extension, you should meet several eligibility requirements. They include:

  • You must be fully or partially unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You must exhaust all benefits received through the regular state unemployment benefits and PEUC program
  • You must not qualify for any other unemployment benefits in another state or territory 
  • You must have worked for at least 20 base weeks, or your wages are 40 times your Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR) on your original unemployment claim 
  • You must have earned 4 times your WBR in your subsequent employment if you were terminated for misconduct or refused to accept or apply for suitable work and were disqualified on your original unemployment claim
  • You must apply and accept a suitable work  


1. If you are an out of state resident and are claiming EB against the State of New Jersey, you can receive benefits only for 2 weeks unless you are defined as a commuter under the Unemployment Compensation Law of New Jersey or the state in which you are residing in also has an EB.

2. Under EB law, suitable work means any job which is within your physical and mental capabilities. If you have the physical and mental capabilities of performing the job, the work will be suitable for you, provided the following criteria are met.

  • Your gross average pay for the offered job exceeds your WBR
  • You pay exceeds or equals the minimum wage of $11.00 an hour
  • The job is listed with Workforce New Jersey or was offered in writing   

    Who Cannot Collect Extended Benefits In New Jersey?

    If you don’t meet the above-mentioned New Jersey unemployment extension eligibility criteria, you will not qualify for the extended benefits. You will also be ineligible to collect benefits for additional 20 weeks if you meet any of the following metrics. 

    1. You qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. 
    2. You have refused to apply for or accept suitable work unless you have subsequent employment in which you worked for a minimum 4 weeks and earned a minimum 4 times your Weekly Benefit Rate.
    3. You haven’t reported or accepted a Workforce New Jersey job referral. 

    How To Apply For The Extended Unemployment Benefits In New Jersey?

    You need not reapply for the Extended Benefits in New Jersey if you are already claiming and receiving benefits. You will automatically be enrolled in the state-issued benefits program when the PEUC benefits end. The Department will send you a mail if you qualify for the program. Note that due to the high volume of unemployment claims, the mail may be sometimes delayed. 

    However, if you are not claiming regular benefits, you must first file a claim. Below, we will tell you how to file for unemployment benefits in New Jersey.

    How To Apply For New Jersey Unemployment Benefits?

    If you don’t have a UI account, you must first register by visiting While registering, you will be asked to submit several documents. Some of them include: 

    • Your name 
    • Your address
    • Your mail ID and phone number
    • Your Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Your employers’ address 
    • Your employers’ names 
    • Your Alien Registration Number, if you are a non-U.S. citizen

    If you already have an account, login using your credentials, and file an unemployment claim. You can also apply by calling your nearest Reemployment Call Center. 

    Note that you can file a claim online only if: 

    • All of your employment in the last 18 months was in New Jersey
    • You reside within the United States
    • You did not serve in the military in the last 18 months
    • You were not a maritime employee in the last 18 months
    • You were not a federal government employee in the last 18 months

    Upon applying, the Department will review your application and send an approval mail. It is important that you apply for benefits every 2 weeks to receive continued payment. 

    Final Words 

    The new bill is a boon to New Jerseyans who are on the verge of losing federal benefits the next month. The bill would not only allow more claimants to receive benefits and meet their basic needs but also allow the Department to easily determine the eligibility and process the applications.





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    1. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

    2. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

      1. Nicole,

        Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    3. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

    4. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

    5. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

      1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

    6. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

    7. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

      1. Annette,

        Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

    8. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
      My question is
      Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

      1. Ruby,

        To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

    9. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

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