New Jersey UnemploymentUpdated May 4, 2021 Unemployment
New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment insurance in New Jersey provides temporary financial support for New Jersey workers who lose employment through no fault of their own.
Administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, funding for unemployment insurance benefits comes from a payroll tax paid by employers. Jobless benefits partially replace income to help unemployed workers while they look for new work.
New Jersey Unemployment Services
|Apply Online||Registration Form|
|Weekly Certification||Certify for Weekly Benefits|
|Appeal a Denial||Claimant Appeals|
|Find a Local Office||Office Locations|
|Report Fraud||Unemployment Fraud Form|
|Coronavirus Updates||COVID-19 Worker Protections|
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in New Jersey?
To qualify for unemployment assistance in New Jersey, you must meet all applicable eligibility requirements as defined by New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law. Those requirements include the following:
- The claimant is unemployed through no fault of his or her own
- The claimant is able and willing to accept suitable work when it’s offered
- The claimant shows documented sufficient recent earnings that meet the minimum required by New Jersey law
- The claimant worked in New Jersey during the past 12 months
- The claimant is actively seeking work during each week a UI benefit check is collected
No determination of eligibility can be made until you apply, so if you think you meet the criteria outlined above, submit your UI benefits application as soon as you become unemployed.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in New Jersey?
The easiest and fastest way to submit your new unemployment claim is online. Once you’ve created an account, you can log in to file your initial claim, to check the status of your unemployment claim. You can also submit your weekly UI benefits claims throughout the time that you collect benefits.
If you’re unable to submit your initial unemployment claim online, customer service agents at the numbers below are available to accept your unemployment compensation benefits claim over the phone:
- North New Jersey: 201-601-4100
- Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020
- South New Jersey: 856-507-2340
- Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672
Please note that submitting your initial claim by phone may include substantial wait times.
Managing Your New Jersey Unemployment Benefits
To receive benefits each week, you must certify that you are able to work, are actively seeking work, and will accept work if and when it is offered.
Each week, you will submit weekly certification using the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s weekly certification form. With this form, you will answer questions about whether you remain eligible for your weekly benefit, based on your work search and employment activity from the prior week. You must submit your weekly certification form in order to collect benefits for the previous week – failure to do so can mean a delay in receiving your benefit payment.
How Do I Appeal a Decision?
If you are unhappy with the decision about your claim, you may submit a written appeal once your initial determination is received. This appeal should be submitted within seven calendar days after your notice is received or within 10 calendar days of the mailing date marked on your determination notice.
The fastest and easiest way to file your appeal is by using New Jersey’s online appeal form.
You also may mail a statement of appeal to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This statement must include your name, Social Security number, telephone number, and address. In addition, the statement should clearly outline your reasons for disputing the determination. The mailing address is as follows:
New Jersey Department of Labor
PO Box 907
Trenton, NJ 08625-0907
How Do I Report Fraud?
UI benefits provide a financial safety net for New Jersey residents and their families, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development takes seriously any attempt to divert those benefits from the people who need them most.
If you suspect someone of unemployment benefits fraud, you are strongly encouraged to report it using any of the contact methods listed below.
- Phone: 609-777-4304
- Fax: 609-292-5593
- Mail: Benefit Payment Control, PO Box 043, Trenton NJ 08625
- Online: Make your report anonymously using New Jersey’s online form.
New Jersey Unemployment Office Locations
|Camden County Unemployment Office||101 Woodcrest Road Suite 127|
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
|Essex County One Stop Center||50 S Clinton Street 2nd Floor|
East Orange, NJ 07018-3120
|Monmouth County Unemployment Office||17 Christopher Way|
Eatontown, NJ 07724-1879
|Union County Unemployment Office - Elizabeth||921 Elizabeth Avenue|
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
|Hunterdon County Unemployment Office||6 Gauntt Place|
Flemington, NJ 08822
|Bergen Unemployment Office||60 State Street|
Hackensack, NJ 07601-5427
|Jersey City Unemployment Office||438 Summit Avenue 1st Floor|
Jersey City, NJ 07306-3175
|Morris County Unemployment Office||1 Medical Drive Suite 100|
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
|Monmouth County Unemployment Office||60 Taylor Avenue|
Neptune, NJ 07753-4844
|New Brunswick Unemployment Office||550 Jersey Avenue|
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
|Newark Unemployment Office||990 Broad Street|
Newark, NJ 07102
|Sussex County Unemployment Office||9 Hampton House Rd Route 206 N|
Newton, NJ 07860-1818
|Passaic County Unemployment Office||25 Howe Avenue|
Passaic, NJ 07055-4007
|Passaic County Unemployment Office||200 Memorial Drive|
Paterson, NJ 07505
|Middlesex County Unemployment Office||161 New Brunswick Avenue|
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
|Warren County Unemployment Office||445 Marshall Street|
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
|Union County One Stop Career - Plainfield||200 West 2nd Street|
Plainfield, NJ 07060-1218
|Atlantic County Unemployment Office||2 South Main Street|
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
|Morris County Unemployment Office||13 Emery Ave|
Randolph, NJ 07869
|Cape May County Unemployment Office||3801 Rt. 9 South Unit # 3|
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
|Salem County Unemployment Office||174 East Broadway|
Salem, NJ 08079
|Greater Raritan Unemployment Office||75 Veterans Memorial Drive East|
Somerville, NJ 08876-2950
|American Job Center Gloucester County||215 Crown Point Road Suite 200|
Thorofare, NJ 08086
|Ocean County Unemployment Office||1027 Hooper Avenue #6|
Toms River, NJ 08753
|Mercer County Unemployment Office||26 Yard Avenue Station Plaza 4|
Trenton, NJ 08625
|Hudson County Unemployment Office||530 48th Street|
Union City, NJ 07087
|Cumberland County Unemployment Office||3322 College Drive|
Cumberland County College
Vineland, NJ 08360
|Burlington County Unemployment Office||795 Woodlane Road|
Westampton, NJ 08060