NJ Unemployment Benefits

New Jersey unemployment insurance offers assistance to citizens who have lost their jobs or whose employment has been influenced by a natural disaster. Unemployment payments give temporary partial wage replacement to sustain workers while they looking for employment. In order to collect unemployment insurance payments, you should file a claim only when you become unemployed or partially employed. You can even apply for unemployment benefits online or over the telephone in New Jersey.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits in New Jersey, you must be a New Jersey resident and have become unemployed through no fault of your own. All of your employment must be in New Jersey for the 18 months before applying for benefits and you must, since 2011 have earned a minimum of $7,300 or worked 20 consecutive weeks before looking for unemployment.

If you are one of the many people who have lost their jobs during the present economic recession, it is important to apply for unemployment benefits on time.

How to Claim Unemployment Insurance in New Jersey

Have available a paper and pencil, your Social Security number and –for direct deposit –your banking information. Record employer information for all jobs in the last 18 months, providing name, address, telephone number, starting and end dates of employment, and cause you are no longer working there.

Apply Online:

Filing online is encouraged if you meet all the following requirements,

  1. All of your work was in New Jersey in the past 18 months;
  2. You did not work for the federal government in the past 18 months;
  3. You did not serve in the military in the past 18 months;
  4. You did not work as a maritime employee in the past 18 months;
  5. You do not reside outside the United States;
  6. You do not want to reopen or file a claim for extended benefits.

If you meet these necessities, you can file your unemployment claim at www.njuifile.net. Fill out the complete form, take care that your computer is not idle for 30 minutes or more and you do not exit, or your session will “time out” and all your information will be lost.

The details you put forward is confidential. The online application makes use of a secure connection in order to encrypt the data you submit. Moreover, there are no limitations on the web. Claims may be filed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Apply by Telephone:

If you are not eligible to file online or would prefer to apply by telephone you may call the Reemployment Call Center.

There are 3 Reemployment Call Centers in New Jersey for filing new unemployment claims and continuing existing claims by telephone. The Reemployment Call Centers are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

You may file by telephoning your Reemployment Call Center.

Union City (Serves Northeast New Jersey): (201) 601-4100
Freehold (Serves Northwest and Central New Jersey): (732) 761-2020
Cumberland (Serves South Jersey): (856) 507-2340
Out-of-State: (888) 795-6672

Because of high call volume, the Division of Unemployment Insurance has lessened the days to file or reopen a claim for benefits by the last digit of your Social Security Number (SSN). Below is the programmed day to call depending on the last digit of your SSN:

  1. Last digit of SSN is 0 – 3 call on Monday.
  2. Last digit of SSN is 4 – 6 call on Tuesday.
  3. Last digit of SSN is 7 – 9 call on Wednesday.

There are no limits on Social Security Numbers on Thursdays or Fridays.

Your call will be dated the Sunday of the week in which you call so ensure you call during the week you want your claim to start. The Unemployment Insurance Division’s week runs Sunday to Saturday. Call volume is heaviest on Mondays, so call later in the week for faster service.

If you are eligible for unemployment benefits, a check will be mailed out the following business day after you claim your benefits using the telephone or the Internet.

Remember not to file unemployment insurance claims on websites that charge fees for filing unemployment insurance claims. There are in no way any charges to file in any state.

28 comments on “NJ Unemployment Benefits
  1. Dolores says:

    My unemployment benefits are soon to expire. Is there a partial extended benefits? I have been actively seeking unemployment but find it difficult at my age which is 64. You answer will be appreicated
    Thanking You kindly

  2. Laura Andresky says:

    Can I please speak with agent regarding possible extension of benefits?

  3. James Farrelly says:

    My NJ UI claim expired on 2/17/15, are there any extensions available at this time by either NJ or the Federal Government?
    Thank you,

    • Nick says:

      There is no extension available from the federal govt. Please inquire with the claims center on availability of extended benefits in NJ.

  4. Brandon says:

    Is there a website where I can apply for NJ unemployment benefits other than by calling?

    Thanks in advance

  5. chris says:

    has new jersey agreed to a UI extension after benefits run out?

    • Nick says:

      There is no extension available.

      Please inquire further with the customer service of the labor dept in your state.

  6. Max D Collin says:

    want to reopen my claim ,as i have been temporarily laid off

    • Nick says:

      Please use the departmental website to apply online or call the claims center to receive instructions for reopening claims.

  7. Lauren says:

    This is my first time on unemployment in NJ. I am 30 years old. I have been searching for a new job this entire time. I have a car, apt, and bills to pay for. And my unemployment ran out this week. I was told by many that I can file an extension. Does anyone know what to do or the site I need to view to get an extension of unempmoyment in NJ? If I can’t f find anything on what to do. Please help me! I’m very scared at the moment w bills

    • Nick says:


      I can understand your situation.

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  8. mack says:

    I’ve been without a job and UI since October 2014 – have no income and cannot file (according to UINJ) for an extension. How is someone supposed to live in this state? I worked my tail off since 1981 and put into UI I cannot believe this system! and you can’t get a straight answer from anyone

    • Nick says:

      It will probably help if you speed up your job searches.

      If there is a grievance against the state labor authorities, please escalate accordingly by understanding the system.

  9. umesh says:

    My job place is closed permanently.My benefits have been approved for 26 weeks. The office clerk in our office had told us that in such scenario, the benefits could be extended even up to 18 months ? Is is true ? Can some one reply? Thanks.

    • Nick says:

      There are not extensions available. You can only receive up to 26 weeks of UI benefits.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  10. Carlos says:

    Hello, I have a question, I was working at Victoria’s secret, then I got fired, because of cut of personal, I moved to DC, and worked there 6 months, then I didn’t have a place to stay because the owner of the apartment where I was living sold the building and I moved back to NJ and now I don’t have a job, before leaving DC I left my job in good terms, do I qualify? What should I do next? (Besides looking for a job).

  11. RUTH G says:

    I have been calling the 3 phone numbers FOR 2 WEEKS. After going thru 10 minutes of questions, the recording comes on ALL REPRESENTATIVES ARE BUSY PLEASE CALL BACK AT ANOTHER TIME! How can I reopen a claim?????
    I tried on line – my account is hung up in some cyber-space loop. SO DON’T TELL ME TO FILE ON LINE. I CAN”T It won’t let me!

    • Nick says:

      I can understand your frustration. Please check if you can visit the nearest office for an update. You can also look up for more phone numbers on the website.

  12. Sherri D says:

    I only have 2 weeks on my claim and can not find work. Will they be doing an extension any time soon? because I put 27 straight years of work in and I find it ridicules that I had paid into this for all these years and now I’m in need and there is nothing. They should take into consideration people that never used this benefit and paid for others to live on and off of it. Time is what I need. I have children and bills to pay.

    • Nick says:

      I can understand your plight. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  13. kerry says:

    I dont get it how come ppl in the past was able to get extension but the new ppl that gets on unemployment dont get it i find thats not right yall treat ppl back in 2012 .2013 but not 2014.2015 ppl thats wrong thats mess up they got it but we cant get it smfh

  14. fran says:

    I have been on disability since the end of October 2014. My disability ran out at the beginning of May. I will be cleared to go back to work in mid June by my doctor. I called my boss to let him know when I would be able to return to work and he informed me that my position is no longer available to due business slowing down tremendously. Am I eligible for unemployment even though I only worked from January through October of 2014 and have been on disability until a few weeks ago.

    • Nick says:

      On basis of your last job, you may not be eligible as they consider last 4 quarters of employment.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

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