New Jersey Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in New Jersey, you may be eligible for New Jersey Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for New Jersey unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed New Jersey workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 732-761-2020, 201-601-4100, 856-507-2340, or 888-795-6672, (M - F 7:00am - 6:00pm, or Sat & Sun 8:00am - Noon)

Monday - If the last digit of your SSN is 0 - 3
Tuesday - If the last digit of your SSN is 4 - 6
Wednesday - If the last digit of your SSN is 7 - 9

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, occupation, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • Pension information (if you are receiving any pension or 401k)
  • Description of separation pay
  • Union hiring hall address and phone (if applicable)

After filing your initial unemployment claim, you will receive a Notice to Claimant of Benefit Determination, describing benefits, eligibility and giving additional information.

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Filing Your Bi-Weekly Claim:

New Jersey weekly unemployment benefits are 60% of the average weekly earnings, up to a maximum of $600 per week. If you are the sole provider, and you are not already receiving the weekly maximum amount you may qualify to receive up to an additional 15% total of dependency benefits for up to three dependents. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed New Jersey workers can file bi-weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your bi-weekly unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your bi-weekly unemployment claim on the List of Telephone Numbers To Claim Weekly Benefits (M - F, 7:00am – 5:00pm)

Your unemployment benefits check will be mailed out the next business day after your bi-weekly claim has been filed. Direct deposits will be made the two days after you have filed your weekly claim.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

New Jersey workers may be eligible for career assistance and training assistance, and the New Jersey OneStop System.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end. You may also let a claims representative know your first day of work.


Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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