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.

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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 PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
20-26 weeks$120$713$18,538

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
Appeal Tribunal
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 Office101 Woodcrest Road Suite 127
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Essex County One Stop Center50 S Clinton Street 2nd Floor
East Orange, NJ 07018-3120
Monmouth County Unemployment Office17 Christopher Way
Eatontown, NJ 07724-1879
Union County Unemployment Office - Elizabeth921 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Hunterdon County Unemployment Office6 Gauntt Place
Flemington, NJ 08822
Bergen Unemployment Office60 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601-5427
Jersey City Unemployment Office438 Summit Avenue 1st Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306-3175
Morris County Unemployment Office1 Medical Drive Suite 100
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Monmouth County Unemployment Office60 Taylor Avenue
Neptune, NJ 07753-4844
New Brunswick Unemployment Office550 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Newark Unemployment Office990 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Sussex County Unemployment Office9 Hampton House Rd Route 206 N
Newton, NJ 07860-1818
Passaic County Unemployment Office25 Howe Avenue
Passaic, NJ 07055-4007
Passaic County Unemployment Office200 Memorial Drive
Paterson, NJ 07505
Middlesex County Unemployment Office161 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Warren County Unemployment Office445 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Union County One Stop Career - Plainfield200 West 2nd Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060-1218
Atlantic County Unemployment Office2 South Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
Morris County Unemployment Office13 Emery Ave
Randolph, NJ 07869
Cape May County Unemployment Office3801 Rt. 9 South Unit # 3
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Salem County Unemployment Office174 East Broadway
Salem, NJ 08079
Greater Raritan Unemployment Office75 Veterans Memorial Drive East
Suite 102
Somerville, NJ 08876-2950
American Job Center Gloucester County215 Crown Point Road Suite 200
Thorofare, NJ 08086
Ocean County Unemployment Office1027 Hooper Avenue #6
Toms River, NJ 08753
Mercer County Unemployment Office26 Yard Avenue Station Plaza 4
Trenton, NJ 08625
Hudson County Unemployment Office530 48th Street
Union City, NJ 07087
Cumberland County Unemployment Office3322 College Drive
Cumberland County College
Vineland, NJ 08360
Burlington County Unemployment Office795 Woodlane Road
Westampton, NJ 08060