Who Can Obtain Unemployment Insurance in New Jersey

NJ state logoUnemployment insurance is a program that assists the laid off worker meet financial obligations while seeking a new job. The file for unemployment insurance over the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or by telephone. Most employees with a steady track record of employment qualify for benefits. In order to prevent incompetent individuals from using up the state unemployment fund, New Jersey sets eligibility rules.

Eligibility for New Jersey Unemployment Benefits

To ensure you follow the rules, The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD) has a detailed process for determining eligibility.

Non Monetary Eligibility

In order to start your unemployment, NJ unemployment requirements include the following:

  1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
  2. several thousand people demanding jobYou are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of medical condition or disability, you may not meet the NJ eligibility requirements, but you must apply anyway. In case you are not qualified for unemployment, you may be entitled to obtain disability benefits.
  3. You are registered for work at your Workforce Development Center. You should do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week whenever you certify your weekly claim.
  4. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. New Jersey also considers the reason for unemployment when deciding eligibility for benefits. Workers fired for misbehavior from previous employment may not be entitled for benefits depending on the severity of the incident. New Jersey categorizes misconduct into 3 types including severe, simple and gross. Workers in New Jersey who give up a job must have good cause to qualify for unemployment benefits.
  5. You also must be ready, willing to take on new work and must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To keep on receiving weekly unemployment benefits, NJ unemployment requirements state that you must file a ‘weekly claim’ by doing the following:

  • Meet all of the NJ unemployment requirements listed above.
  • Apply for at least two jobs each week.
  • Get in touch with the New Jersey unemployment office to file your ‘weekly claim’. You can do this via phone or online.

Monetary Eligibility

In New Jersey, workers must earn sufficient money during the base period to be eligible for unemployment benefits. The state requires workers to have been employed for at least 20 weeks in a covered position or have earned at least $7,300. Covered employment refers to services performed by a worker that is subject to the New Jersey unemployment compensation law.


According to the New Jersey DLWD, employees mustearn 1,000 times the state minimum wage of 7.25 an hour in a lesser period of time to apply for unemployment insurance since March 2011. To qualify, employees must achieve this requirement with atleast one employer and the wages must have been earned during a 52 week period which is called a base year.

Base Period

The state employs a base period to decide the benefit amount as well as monetary eligibility. The base period is a 52-week period and depends on the date of your claim. It is normally the first 4 calendar quarters of the last 5 completed calendar quarters. You must have earned a minimum dollar figure for every week worked during this period. In 2010, this minimum sum was $145 per week. There are alternate plans that may come into effect if you did not meet this 20 week condition. The unemployment department will see the previous 18 months and make a decision about eligibility.

Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR)

Weekly benefit rate is the sum of compensation you collect per week. It is 60% of your average wage during your base year. There is a maximum total that may change each year. For 2011, this maximum is $598 per week. In case you do not obtain the maximum sum then it can be increased through dependency benefits.


DependentsApplicants obtaining a weekly benefit sum less than the maximum of $598 may receive added benefits for dependents. The state of New Jersey will pay an extra 7% of the benefit amount for the 1st dependent and 4% each for two more dependents. The claimant may not receive more than the maximum weekly benefit amount with dependents. You can collect 7% more for a 1st dependent and 4% more for each of the next two dependents. You must present proof of dependents within 6 weeks of starting the claim. If no evidence is provided, you will not collect any dependency benefits. For more information on dependency benefits check out our New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Weekly Benefits section.

Maximum Benefit Amount

The maximum benefit amount is the total sum of benefits a claimant may obtain. It is computed by multiplying the WBR by the number of weeks worked during the base period. This sum cannot go above 26 weeks. If you have returned to work earlier than reaching your maximum benefit amount but then you become laid off once more you may revive your claim only if a year has not lapsed since you started your original claim. In case more than a year has lapsed, you have to file a new claim. While receiving benefits you should be enthusiastically looking for work and make at least three employer contacts a week.

Re-employment Orientation

As part of New Jersey’s unemployment program, you may be needed to be present a re-employment orientation meeting. At this group you will get a presentation on accessible services and training opportunities. This comprises training in demand occupations, veteran benefits and career counseling. You will be allowed free use of equipment that will help you in your job search. In case you fail to be present at this meeting, you may have your benefits delayed or denied. This situation also applies to any listed meetings that you may have with employment analysts.

Claiming NJ Unemployment Benefits

New Jersey applicants file a claim once every 2 months for benefits. The claimant has to confirm that he is able and obtainable to work, looking for work and has not turned down any offer of employment during the claim week. Know more about making a claim in our New Jersey Unemployment Guide.

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328 comments on “Who Can Obtain Unemployment Insurance in New Jersey
  1. Rebecca Jarvis says:

    I am working as a substitute teacher in Teaneck District.

    My work has slowed down. Certified teachers have been taking jobs as they are offered to me by Aesop. the computerized system that seperates cerified and non certified teachers. I am a holder of a BA, which is a requirement in the District, and yet when I am called and jobs are offered, as I am accepting the job, the system tells me that the job is no longer offered to me.I understand that wherever a certified teacher is found they are to be hired first, come on, then why let Aesop call me at all? And why hire non-certified but BA musts if they will not offer at least part-time pay? Also I have detected that in preferences in the Aesop system shut off calling me, which is the only way non-certified teachers are called. I have reported this to Human Resources with no reply. And this has happened on more then one occasion.
    Due to lack of work, suddenly my work days have been cut. I am more then ready and able to work, but due to what I consider unethical work practices,such as “sniping” I am now wondering if I now am able to collect partial unemployment benefits, which I pay for.
    I have received benefits in the past, but now it seems harder to receive them. I am happy to look for more work and will do so without prompting from work force development. I have made so far for Feb. a total of 250.00. I was making at least 1,200 per month, but suddenly Feb.came and Aesop calls and then hangs up abruptly, or completes the offer of a job and suddenly takes it away. And still no reply from the receptionist at the Board of Ed.

    • Nick says:

      You can collect partial benefits for reduction in the number of hours worked. The past benefits will be taken into consideration.

      Please consider applying.

    • Alexandra ONeil says:

      If I took a voluntary retirement package and I’m not close to retirement age, but I knew that if I didn’t I would likely be laid off due to workforce reduction, do I quality for unemployment benefits?

      • Jacob says:


        Since it was a “voluntary” separation, please call the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain if you’re eligible.

    • Haley says:

      I work at a preschool as a teacher. Jjust found out that there’s not enough kids enrolled for summer camp. I am not going to have any hours this coming summer. Just wondering if I am eligible for any benefits this summer.

      • Jacob says:


        Seasonal/Contract workers do not generally qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office to know more.

  2. elsa vasquez says:

    I will be relocating to Florida, therefore, I would need to quit my job in NJ. Will I be able to apply for unemployment? I will need to look for work in Florida but I can’t do so until I move there.

    • Nick says:

      Voluntary quits are not considered. You may not be eligible for UI benefits.

      • Eric says:

        What if your childcare and commuting expenses now exceed your wages? And, you must quit and get another job to avoid completely going under?

        • Nick says:

          I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, the system does not consider these reasons.

          Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

      • Maren Crowley says:

        What if it is due to seasonal unemployment? The job is only available in the summer months as the place of business is closed during the winter. My trade is that I am a professional athlete and I coach/teach people how to play golf.

        • Nick says:

          You can call the Unemployment Office to inquire further. Seasonal jobs are generally not eligible due to the obvious nature of work.

    • Deborah A Barbagallo says:

      if you worked full time, and hours are cut from 5 days to 3 days, and you collect unemployment for the two lost days, can you collect for longer than 26 weeks?

      • Jacob says:


        A claimant can collect “up to” 26 weeks and not beyond that. Please call the Claims Center for further information.

  3. AM says:

    I am a NYC resident and have worked in NJ for many years. Can I collect unemployment in NJ?

    • Nick says:

      Yes you can, provided your employer paid taxes into the NJ system.

      Please inquire with your employer and apply accordingly.

  4. Brad says:

    i had been working and living In Long Island and moved to rockland county for a new job at Newark airport. Due to Port authority badging process which takes over 2 months my company stopped paying me after 1month and am still technically employed but not getting paid. Can I get UI in NJ or do I apply in NY

    • Nick says:

      Please consult the customer service of the labor dept in your state and apply accordingly.

      You can consider applying from NJ.

  5. jamie says:

    My job will be moving about 15 miles further from where it is now.

    It is not convenient for me to travel more and make more arrangements for my childcare. Can you collect unemployment if your employer moves?

  6. Scott Larison says:

    I made 32k the last base year. What will my WBR be? Also, I will be laid off on 8/28/15, getting severence of 2 weeks pay for every year I was employed there which is 14 weeks. How does this effect my WBR? Finally, my wife was let go recently as well and may I file my 2 children as dependents?

  7. Scott Larison says:

    Whats the best number to call and speak to a real person?

  8. GD says:

    I work remotely and we are moving out of NJ, therefore my wife needs to quit her job. Is she eligible to collect UI benefits?

    • Nick says:

      If she quits due to voluntary reasons, she will not qualify for unemployment compensation.

      • Judy says:

        My husband retired and we bought a home in PA..commuting daily to my job in NJ is not realistic, so I am offering to work from home part time…if my employer does not allow it and forces me to leave, can I collect unemployment? We could not stay in NJ with my husband retiring..we could not afford it.

        • Nick says:

          You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  9. Marlene says:

    I was forced to cease working due to the sudden notification of my child’s care providers inability to to continue providing the hours of service needed. will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

    • Nick says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  10. Victor Hanson says:

    I am currently employed by A&P in a stand alone liquor store. We are told they are going out of business by Dec 31, 2015. I picked up a temporary seasonal job overnights. The hours are many and I want to leave A&P. If I quit A&P before they go out of business, can I collect unemployment? If a new company does buy my location, but wants to cut my pay, can I collect unemployment if I do not accept the job?

    • Nick says:

      If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible since it is provided only to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  11. Terri says:

    If my company offers us an early retirement package with a severance and we except are we eligible for unemployment?

  12. B says:

    My company is offering voluntary separation packages. Will individuals who accept be eligible for unemployment?

  13. Terri says:

    When would we be able to collect? We are to receive a lump sum. Is it after we get that or do we have to wait till the amount of weeks we are paid for expire?

  14. Joe says:

    I was disqualified for benefits in Sept because I resigned from my teaching job. I was told through my requalification determination that I would need to work 4 wks and earn 6x wkly benefit.
    I was hired as a substitute for a local school district. When school closes for the year in June and I satisfy the requalification requirements will I be able to receive my original unemployment benefits?

    • Nick says:

      Seasonal employment and scheduled time off from work does not generally qualify.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  15. Tony says:

    Hi Nick, My son has left his job because of some work safety issues. His job required him to lift heavy equipment on and off his delivery truck for instillation. He was repeatedly promised over the years that a truck with a lift gate would be provided to prevent back strain issues. To prevent personal injury to his back, he decided to leave the company. The company had trucks with lifts in other parts o NJ but never fulfilled it’s promise to provide a lift gated truck. Can he claim unemployment? Thanks Tony

    • Nick says:


      He should be able to claim and receive if there was a general threat owing to the working conditions.

      Please speak the claims center and apply accordingly.

  16. Dede says:

    My job is moving location we are currently in Morris county they are moving to secaucus.the commute is too far would that qualify as “quitting for a cause”?

    • Nick says:

      Depends on how it is perceived. Generally, it will be considered voluntary.

      Please speak to the labor authorities in your state for specific advice.

  17. Roger says:

    What if I am the sole employee of an LLC and lose all income as a contractor when a single customer no longer requires my service?

  18. shelly says:

    I was recently laid off. I worked in New York but live in New Jersey. Can i file for New Jersey unemployment or New York?

    • Nick says:

      Yes, please. You should be filing from the state of your employment.

      • Lise Rubin says:

        Hello. I have worked in both NYC and NJ.
        The more recent was NYC, and I collected benefits from that work. The benefits ran out after 26 weeks. Somehow – they never explained it – NYS never went to the NJ employer. I thought that they were going to forward my case to NJ, but NYS did not. Can I now file in NJ using the NJ income?

        • Jacob says:


          Please note UI benefits are not revolving in nature. They’re paid out only for one cycle. Please call the Claims Center for help.

  19. Karen says:

    I’m 61yrs old, I’ve worked as a clerk for just shy of 2 &1/2 years. It was part time ( under 30 hours per week) My employer says I don’t fit into the budget as of the end of this month,( it’s a very large company) I work directly for two partners who were told they are responsible for my pay now. They are unable to do so. Can I collect? I have never done so, unsure where to begin.

    • Nick says:

      If your employer has been paying the relevant taxes on your behalf, you can collect.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  20. Mike says:

    I work 40% of my week in NYC and 60% in NJ. My taxes are allocated to the two states accordingly. Office is headquartered in NYC and I reside in NJ. I have a telecommuting arrangement. Where should I file unemployment claim? NJ since majority of time is spent there or NY since employer is located there.

  21. matt says:

    I am going to be running out of my benefits in May 2016. Can I get an extension and if so, how do I go about doing that?

    • Nick says:

      Please note there is no federal extension available.

      Call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information in this regard.

  22. Gina Castaldi says:

    I need to apply for unemployment just to show im not working or have income for welfare how do I do it?



  24. William Leahy says:

    I work for a security company and had been working 80hrs a week my hours have been reduced to 36hrs. Am I qualified to apply for partial unemployment to make up for the lose of wages?

  25. Tim says:

    I was fired but didn’t have representation and the union was incompadent the it haplanuary january 2005 is there a time limit to file a uneployement claim

    • Nick says:

      If you’re applying on the basis of your employment back in 2005, you will not qualify.

      To be eligible, the claimant needs to have active employment in the preceding 4-5 calendar months.

  26. Vince says:

    I live in NJ (4 years) and work for a company that is HQ’d in CA. If I lost my job, would I collect from NJ or CA?

  27. James Glover says:

    I started to apply on the phone. created a pin but the hold Time is 3 Hours or Sometimes I get disconnected. Can I continue the process online

    • Nick says:

      Please speak to a representative from the claims center before doing so to confirm if your phone request has been registered or not.

  28. Robert says:

    I worked at a retail store in NJ from May up to December in 2015, then I worked in H&R Block throughout the tax season in 2016 and after it ended I became a substitute teacher in the Passaic District. I’ve been making at least 1,200 a month but since the school year will be over in June until September, I wanted to know if I could receive unemployment benefits from July to September while the school is closed.

    • Nick says:

      Please note seasonal jobs do not qualify due to obvious nature of work.

      Call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  29. Karen says:

    I live in NJ and was laid off. I’m coming to the end of 26 weeks of benefits with no job in site. I’m confused about the extension eligibility. Thank you.

    • Nick says:

      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.

  30. Leo says:

    Hi, I live in NJ, worked in a barbershop as a manager for 3 years and was paid in cash. I was terminated due to a new owner Can I apply for unemployment?

    • Nick says:

      If your employer paid the relevant taxes into the system, you can be eligible.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office.

  31. Frank says:

    I worked in Florida 2015 and in NJ the last 2 months. I was laid off today due to lack of work. Which state do I apply for benefits? Thanks.

  32. Mary Mathisen says:

    I am 64 and have just been laid off after working at the same company for 8 years. Can I receive UI if I start to collect my pension?

    • Nick says:

      Some states allow provision of both.

      You may call the Unemployment Office on the phone numbers provided for further information and apply accordingly.

  33. Cecelia says:

    I want to know can I file emergency continuation benefit? My unemployment expired 3/2016. I moved SC in January 2016.

    • Nick says:

      As far as I am aware, there is no additional tier of benefits available.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  34. Erica Peters says:

    I am a NJ teacher. My contract was not renewed due to low enrollment in the district. Can I collect unemployment if I am accepting a long-term substitute position in a different district that begins Sept 1?

    • Nick says:

      Not accepting a position may go against you when you apply.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office and make a decision accordingly.

  35. Tom says:

    I was a salesperson earning a salary plus commission for many years at the same company. In March I was informed my salary would be discontinued and changed to a “draw” against future commissions. Thus, commission only moving forward beginning April 1st. I resigned at the end of April.

    Would I qualify for NJ unemployment?

    • Nick says:

      You should be able to draw compensation as long as the employment was not contractual.

      Please consider applying.

  36. Justin says:

    My job recently announced layoffs and potential numbers for the layoffs. They have put out a package for severance if volunteer for layoff. Based on my seniority with the company I fall into the number of layoffs and if i am a forced layoff I will not recieve severance. If I volunteer will I qualify for unemployment benefits

    • Justin says:

      I also understand that voluntary quits do not qualify but since I fall into the number of people going to be forced layoff wouldn’t thay be a just enough reason to qualify myself for unemployment

    • Nick says:

      You can be eligible to receive UI benefits as long as its not voluntary.

      If you receive a severance package, please apply after the expiry of severance pay period.

  37. AF says:

    The requirements state that you should be working in NJ for the last 18months. I worked in NJ for 5mo and was laid off, prior to that, I worked in PA, so I worked in 2 states in the last 18mo. So if I answer NO to this question, how do I go about filing a new claim? It is a perplexing qualification point. Thanks.

    • Nick says:

      You should be able to file in one of the states for sure.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in NJ to establish the mechanics.

  38. Shaun says:

    I work in a grocery store and I accidently mispriced a fruit bowl. I was given a verbal warning which I accepted. 3 days later I was told by my employer that I had the choice to resign and be able to collect unemployment and they wouldn’t fight it or I’d be terminated for misconduct. I took the resignment considering it would be better for me to collect benefits. Now since it was the employer’s idea for me to resign, should I be available for unemployment?

    • Nick says:

      Voluntary reasons such as performance do not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

  39. Eva says:

    I am work for board education in Hoboken ,but school it close to September can I apply for Unmploment ? I am union also.

    • Nick says:

      Seasonal employment does not qualify due to the nature of work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further clarification.

  40. Maria says:

    Hi, if I work at a school part time without a contract, and I’m off for the summer, can I collect unemployment?

    • Nick says:

      Seasonal employment does not qualify due to the nature of work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further clarification.

  41. Kim says:

    Hi I was on temporary disability in NJ. My doctor medically cleared me to return to work. When I went to my employer with my paperwork I was denied return. Can I file an unemployment claim now.

    • Nick says:

      You can be eligible if the employer fired you without notice.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification and apply accordingly.

  42. JIM says:

    I am a Substitute Teacher in Essex County. I am concerned that there will be no job postings in Aesop for the first few weeks of school.In the event that no jobs are available, would I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits?

    • Nick says:

      Seasonal jobs are generally not eligible.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office and apply accordingly if there are provisions.

  43. Eddy says:

    Hi Nick,
    I live in NY. I had two full time jobs, one in NJ and the other one in NY. My boss in NJ gave me a letter stating that he would not be able to continue the second shift therefore, he had to let me go after nine months of employment.

    can I collect unemployment in NJ while I still have a full time in NY?

  44. Mike Mikhaiel says:

    I was let go from my full time teaching position at Kinnelon High School in June 30, 2016. I tried very hard to find a full time job at different districts, but unfortunately I found a substitute teaching position at Tenafly High School and is going to end by mid October. My other part time teaching position is at Bergen Community College and it is going to end by December. Am I eligible to apply for an unemployment benefits in December?
    I am 62 years old and it is hard for me to find a full time teaching job with benefits.

  45. Dee says:

    I have a question I have never been not working I have been working with same company for 13 years but then I got a better job so I left on great terms I have been with this new job for almost 8 months and had to resign. Now I’m worried I won’t be able to collect here’s my situation my daughter has a medical condition and her doctor took me out for 2 months I couldn’t apply for fmla so I asked my job for a medical leave of absence which they couldn’t give me the time I needed told me in writing if I couldn’t return I should consider resigning. OK so I went to HR tried talking to them about going part-time temp so I could take care of her they wouldn’t do that either. Then I even asked if I returned sooner than doctor wanted would I be able to take off for her doctors appointments which were once a week they told me no I would need to earn more time before I could take anytime off. I have medical certificate her doctor filled out and everything and all emails back and forth to HR. I ended up in HR last week trying to save my job but they said if I couldn’t return that day I should resign which in tears I ended up doing they also told me I’d be able to collect unemployment but now seeing all the rules on resigning I’m worried. I have had a job since I was 16 this is my first time ever not having one now I’m worried. I plan on finding a job again after everything is good with my daughter but now I’m worried meantime I will get denied now. I didn’t know how this works I am scheduled with phone interview next month with unemployment. Does anyone know if I’ll be OK

    • Nick says:

      It should be, as long as you did not leave the job due to voluntary reasons. If they deny wrongfully, you can file an appeal with the Unemployment Office.

  46. Chris says:

    I do a lot of heavy lifting at work, I am going to be starting physical therapy on my elbow as I am having trouble limiting with that arm. Would I be eligible for benefits while I went through therapy?

    • Nick says:

      Well, Unemployment Compensation is only available to those who’re able and available for work.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state and apply accordingly.

  47. david alfonse says:

    i was recently laid off from my job with the US Park Service as a bio-tech field ranger. Are people who worked for the Dept. of Interior elegible to collect unemploymnet. I worked 4+ months and made over 10K

    • Nick says:

      To be eligible to collect UI benefits, one needs to have considerable employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      Please use the ‘Benefits Calculator’ available on this website to determine eligibility and also call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

      • Antonio says:

        After being with my job for 2 years with getting the same pay and no raises. I decided to leave for another job for better pay, only to discover there was an oversight with the location.

        (The New job is too far & now I have trasnportation problems & cant afford the repairs right now)

        Will I be eligible for benefits even tho this is my first time applying after working for the past 15 years

  48. Beth Duke says:

    My husband’s company was purchased and the new owners have lofty goals of cost savings, to the tune of $90M in the first year. They have sold off equipment, laid off employees in other states and told contracting companies to hire staff. They offered a voluntary buy out package to employees that meet the Rule of 70, which he does. They have made it clear that packages may not be offered later and that acceptance of this package is completely voluntary. That have also stated that they have no immediate plans for lay offs but they have to say that. Will he be able to collect if he accepts?

    • Nick says:

      Yes, he can be eligible to collect as long as it is not voluntary. If the Severance package is a one-time payout, he can apply immediately after losing the job, else wait for the payout to end.

  49. HF says:

    If I have been making less than 160 per week and become unemployed, could I still collect unemployment?

  50. John says:

    My son has worked annually from March to October. He’s met the guidelines and been eligible for unemployment the last 2-3 years. He also takes classes at a college averaging 9-15 credits. As long as he meets the unemployment criteria, is there any issue with his eligibility based on the number of credits that he takes in college?

    • Nick says:

      Well, full-time college may hamper the chances of him claiming UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  51. John says:

    I’ve worked the past 16 weeks earning approx $11,000 in NJ. I was laid off this week for the simple reason of the workload had slowed and the business had to cut. Would I be eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

  52. Danielle S says:

    I recently relocated and quit my job in Nj due to domestic violence with my partner. I have been claiming my weekly benefits since I quit and I am waiting for an appeal date. I recently found a job in my current state and I wanted to know if I am eligible for benefits and receive back pay once my appeal is approved. Or is it a waste of time to keep claiming my weeks I am employed since I don’t officially start work until December. thanks

    • Nick says:

      You may call the Claims Center for further clarification in this regard.

      I believe, you can still receive benefits if the appeal is cleared in your favor.

  53. Peter says:

    I have been seeing a therapist lately in regards to my depression and anxiety due to my current position and workload. My therapist says I should really consider looking for a different position elsewhere. If I do decide to leave now, and give proper leave notice, would I qualify for Unemployment?

    • Nick says:

      Personal reasons are generally not considered. Having said this, there can be exceptions like yours’.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further instructions.

  54. Christine says:

    I’ve worked at my job at a floral shop for 12 years. My boss is going away for A three day convention and is going to shut down the shop for those three days which we will not be paid for. Can I file a claim for those three days

  55. Lynn says:

    My daughter verbally resigned from her job and was held to it. She was under emotional distress due to HIPA violations that were occurring in the office, that were brought to mgmts attention by my daughter. An office manager was disclosing my daughters medical issues to some girls in office, most serious issue was my daughters name was forged by an uncertified medical assistant. She went to appropriate people and they did nothing. The stress mounted, she verbally resigned and was held to it. My daughter has since sent letter to regional office and the girl that forged her signature was fired and policies now enforced, but now she is out of a job. After the fact, they realized everything she told them the day she resigned under stress was true, still no job, sacrificial lamb so to say. Would she be able to correct unemployment benefits for this? I am not the type to go the lawyer route, but now she has no job….

    • Nick says:

      She should be able to draw Unemployment Benefits under such circumstances.

      Please ask her to contact the Unemployment Office and take their opinion.

  56. Marc Mease says:

    I recently had to quit my job of 12 years because my parents are both ill and were put into a nursing home. I have to move to PA to take care of them. I am moving into their house and taking care of it/their finances/and them. I had to quit my job to do so. Can I collect?

    • Nick says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  57. william krupka says:

    I have seasonal work in farmer’s markets so from january to april i only work about 1 day a month. also i am a full time student. would i be able to collect seasonal unemployment from january to april while going to school.

    • Nick says:

      Seasonal jobs are generally not eligible due to the obvious nature of work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  58. Maryann H says:

    We live in NJ, my husband worked in PA for 29 years and was recently laid off. He was told he can only collect for 20 weeks, and there are no extensions, can he file for NJ unemployment after the PA runs out, since we live in NJ.

    • Nick says:

      Unemployment Insurance is a one-time affair. Its not revolving in nature.

      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.

  59. I was laid off from my job after 14 years of service due to lack Of work. I worked 4 years in New York prior to moving to New Jersey where I worked for 10 years for the same company. I applied to NJ unemployment and received benefits from them which will expire in 1 week.
    After not being able to secure employment in NJ I moved back to NY. I still am unable to secure work in NY. I read that there are no unemployment extensions for NJ and was wondering if I could receive unemployment benefits from NY for the 4 years working in the NY jurisdiction? My company is located in NY.

    • Nick says:

      Well, Unemployment Compensation payout is just a one-time affair.

      You may still want to call the Unemployment Office in your current state of residence and inquire further.

  60. Dan says:

    I started collecting unemployment May of 2016. My unemployment will run out in the first week of February 2017.

    Between 05/2016 and 12/2016 I worked off and on. During this time period I earned $15,000+ in wages. Am I eligible to open a new claim based on those wages.

    Also I am applying for Social security disability at this time. Is there anyway to claim short term disability in the mean time. I was officially laid off from work the first week of December

  61. Joe says:

    I worked in NY , live in NJ. NY unemployment is running out. no hope for a job. can I apply for an extension or benefits in NJ when NY runs out?

    • Nick says:

      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.

  62. Paul says:

    I worked in NY for 1.5 years, and moved to a new company in NJ starting this past Dec 2nd 2016. Due to the slow season in the HVAC industry I may now be laid off. Where would I apply for unemployment benefits? NY or NJ?

  63. Amy says:

    I recently was told to leave my job after getting yelled at by my office manager. He is telling me I resigned which is untrue. I have worked for this dental practice for 5 years. My manager was very difficult to work for. He managed by intimidation and often spoke to me with a hostile and angry tone. Whenever I brought an equipment problem or brought something to his attention that he should be made aware of like supplies needing to be ordered, or an equipment malfunction, he would always become almost irate as if the problem being brought to him was my fault. This treatment continued for nearly two years until I couldn’t take it anymore and brought it to the Drs attention – the Dr owns the practice and my manager is married to him. When I brought this hostile treatment to the drs attention, he called a meeting to discuss and during the meeting, my manager repeatedly tried cutting me off while I spoke, raised his voice several times. The Dr saw this and told my manager he was treating me unfairly. We tried to wipe the slate clean and start over so to speak. Things were ok for a few weeks but my manager now was basically barely speaking to me which became very awkward and frustrating. Still when I needed to go to him for work related issues, he was still hostile and very unapproachable. I dreaded having to go to him about anything for fear that he would become angry and unreasonable. There were several occasions when other people in the office could hear him during angry outbursts which made them feel uncomfortable. Many people in the office would ask me how I could put up with his treatment. It was very difficult. I was a very reliable employee, I worked extended hours without resistance, I helped build the practice to what is today, have had glowing annual reviews, and have even been told during these reviews that my work is outstanding and that I was an asset to the practice. The angry outbursts and hostile intimidating treatment became too much to bear. On the last recent outburst, my manager yelled at me to leave. I left because I was beaten down by him and after taking it for 5 years, I had finally reached my limit of what I could endure from his treatment. The next day I received an email from him saying they are processing my resignation. I did not resign. I was told to leave. I’m heart broken at what happened to me because despite all of the harsh treatment, I loved my work and the patents I helped on a daily basis. What do I do? Will I be able to collect benefits?

    • Nick says:


      I am sorry to hear about your case. Hope you find a better job soon. Yes, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits if you leave under hostile working conditions. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case there is a dispute raised by your employer after you apply.

  64. Yasir says:

    I was fired in November from my position in NYC,but live in NJ.I have been collecting unemployment from based on my previous job which was in NJ.benefits will run out in a few weeks. Can I collect unemployment from NY when NJ runs out? I have been actively seeking work and records of applications and resume submissions.

    • Nick says:

      Unemployment Insurance is not a revolving benefit and cannot be claimed from multiple states. If the payout from NJ is over, that should be the end of it.

  65. Angelina says:

    I have retired and collect a pension plus my social security some one mention to me that I may be entitled to receive unemployment for 26 wks. is this true?

    • susheel says:

      Well, I am not really sure how it works in your state. Some states do allow provision or combination of multiple benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  66. Kris says:

    Hello! I worked in a full-time, teaching maternity leave replacement position under contract from November 16th, 2016 through March 28th, 2017. There is not another position available to me in the district. Am I eligible for benefits in NJ?
    Thank you!

    • susheel says:

      If you were separated from the job due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible.

      Please consider applying.

  67. Lou says:

    I will be leaving the military after 42.5 years of service. I am being discharged due to age restriction (60). It will take 2-4 months until I receive my first retirement check. Am I eligible to collect while waiting for my first check?

    • susheel says:

      If you’re actively looking for employment, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  68. Samantha says:

    I work a full time job and part time I was fired from my part time job can I collect unemployment for the part time job?

  69. Thomas Squindo says:

    my son owns a small construction business and entered into a condo association to provide porter services. He asked me to take the job and for 5 years I worked part time 20 hours weekly.I was paid through the construction business by check and payed all state and federal taxes.Recently the condo association opted to go with another company and my job was terminated. I am 69 years old and there was no further work available. I was denied unemployment benefits because the business was owned by my son. His business is a LLC

    • susheel says:

      Please research further on similar cases and consider filing an “Appeal” if you think it would yield results.

  70. Daniela Kissell says:

    I work as a teachers aid full time. We get medical full year. We get notified each August if there is a position for the next year in the same class. I have always had great ratings. This year the teacher had to take leave due to the stress (autistic kids) and I was stressed even more because of the teacher. Finally they replaced the teacher with someone who immediately took a dislike of me, including a nationality remark. I complained and they moved me to a new class and that teacher loves working with me. Today, they told me that I will NOT be renewed in the fall, and that it is better for me to turn in a resignation letter so it’s easier to get a new job. In either case (resign or not renewed ) can I get unemployment starting in September? This decision has to be made by Thursday.

    • susheel says:

      If your job was terminated due to involuntary reasons, you can claim UI benefits until you find another job. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of dispute when you apply.

  71. Alexander says:

    I work in nyc but live in nj if im unemployeed due to lack of work can i collect nj unemployment?

  72. Nicole says:

    I was employeed in NJ but the company went under so I was on unemployment. I have had a job as a tempt for the last 8 months in NYC but the position has ended. Can I reopen my NJ claim or do I no longer qualify for unemployment?

    • susheel says:

      You can call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can reopen the earlier claim if there are benefit weeks left.

  73. Dawn says:

    I’m currently collecting can I still collect unemployment if my new job is part time job is commission and I only get pd once I make a sale which can take up to 30 days? Can I still collect unemployment till I get an actual check from my current employer?

    • susheel says:

      Since you’ve already entered into an employment agreement, I am not sure if you continue to be eligible on the same terms.

      Please call the Claims Center for further details.

  74. christina says:

    my husband was fired from his job and has since started his own business. It is in its beginning phases and is not making enough money to support us. Is he eligible for benefits?

    • susheel says:

      He would only be eligible if he is actively looking for salaried employment.

      I suggest that you inquire further with the Unemployment Office in the state.

  75. Jason says:

    Can I receive unemployment as an adjunct professor from a NJ college and still work my part-time position in NY?

    • susheel says:

      Since you already have a part-time job in hand, please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  76. Hadassah says:

    I work for a charter school in NJ. The school is being shut down by the state effective June 30th. I was offered a job in a different district and I will start September 1st. However, the start date says July 1 but it is only so the benefits can kick in on September 1. The actual job does not begin until September 1st. I will not be earning any salary at all. Can I collect unemployment benefits?

  77. Kim says:

    Hi, I recently got my teaching certification. I had a Long Term Sub assignment from the first day of school until 2/3 and then a second Long Term sub from 3/22- the end of the school year. I am applying for jobs but if I don’t have an offer, am I eligible for benefits over the summer until I can sub again. I’ve applied other places (Target etc) but have been told I am too overqualified. I appreciate any help.

    • susheel says:

      Seasonal employment does not generally qualify due to the obvious nature of work.

      Please contact the local Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  78. Vicki says:

    If my boss shuts the office for vacation and I cannot work, can I file unemployment for those days?

    • susheel says:

      If the employment was meant to be seasonal, you will not qualify.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office for further information.

  79. Maryg1959 says:

    I live in PA, I worked for a co from November 2015 to February 2016—I was laid off and collected unemployment until August 2016 when I took a contract job. I worked in NJ from August 28 to December 22nd when I left this position (a contract/temporary position) to take a perm position in PA…..I worked there January through April 2017 and gave two weeks notice to go to a contract/temp position in NJ that was supposed to be a 1 year contract. I was told after 1 month that my job was being eliminated as of this Friday. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    • Jacob says:

      Please call the Claims Center to ascertain if you have benefit weeks left in your account and apply accordingly.

  80. Roger says:

    I have been working as a manager at a corporate fast food restaurant for the past 6 years. I live in NJ but I commuted to Delaware to work. Now the corporation decided they will sell the location to a owner/operator . They decided to transfer me to another corporate store, they tell me I had no say in the matter. I was originally driving 12 miles to work, now they expect me to drive 37 miles to work. My commute turns from 20 minutes to now over an hour drive to work . If I quit due to how far the new restaurant is , would I be able to collect unemployment until I find a closer position near my house?

    • Jacob says:

      I am guessing you should be able to. Before making a decision, please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility and apply accordingly.

  81. sam says:

    I work in NYC and live in NJ. Due to restructuring , my division is being shut. NJ unemployment rules state that you must have worked in NJ for the last 18 months to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
    How can I claim unemployment in this condition.

  82. Augusta says:

    My mother was compelled to resign from her position in order to move out of state to be near my father whom is disabled. She is currently searching for work in FL but has been unable to do so. Is she still eligible for unemployement benefits in nj?

    • Jacob says:


      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  83. Paul says:

    Many State of New Jersey employees were furloughed during the recent government shutdown. Those who were on paid leave had leave canceled. Those who were required to work were the only employees allowed to be paid for the days when the State offices were shut down. Everyone else was locked out and not permitted to work. Are these locked out State workers entitled to claim unemployment benefits for the day(s) locked out?

  84. joan says:

    if you have a one year teaching contract (10 months) but income will be divided over 10 month period, can you claim unemployment at the end of the expiration of the contract(10 months) despite deferred earning continuation?

    • Jacob says:


      Please call the Unemployment Office since Contract workers are only eligible to claim under specific circumstances.

  85. Mia says:

    My employer recently cut my hours down because I have been having issues with childcare. I had to leave early a few times because my son was sick and was not allowed in daycare. I also missed work a few times during the school year because the school have called me to pick up my son. My employer decided to change my full time status to per diem. Do I qualify for unemployment because my hours is cut back significantly. Thanks.

    • Jacob says:


      You can be eligible to claim partial UI benefits for hours lost in a week due to involuntary reasons.

  86. Jane says:

    I live in NJ and worked in NJ up until Feb 2017. I voluntarily quit the job in NJ to work closer to home, which was a job in NYC. I lost the NYC job in July. I filed for UI in NY. NY used combined wages from NJ and NY (since they only had info on 1 quarter of wages in NY). NY sent me something stating I may have an option to apply in NY or in NJ. Even though I live in NJ and worked here for a long time would I be eligible since I voluntarily quit my last job in NJ and the job causing me to file was in NY? Thank you.

    • Jacob says:


      You may not qualify since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please speak to the Unemployment Office.

  87. Dan says:

    I worked for a NY company and my job was based in NY but I was required to work from my home in NJ during the weekends for almost ten years. Can I qualify for NJ unemployment?

    • Jacob says:


      Please check with your employer if they remitted taxes into the state and apply accordingly. Your employer will help you ascertain if you can be eligible to draw UI benefits.

  88. David Dalonzo says:

    I am starting a new ten month job after leaving a 12 month job. Am I eligible to collect for the 2 months I am not working? Both jobs are in NJ

    • Jacob says:


      If the reason for separation from the last job was involuntary, you should be able to collect UI benefits.

  89. Mark Spengler says:

    I resigned from my previous job that I worked at for 2 years because I had promise of employment for another job earning more money and medical benefits. After only one month I was laid off from my new job. Am I eligible to collect unemployment from the state of New Jersey?

    • Jacob says:


      If you were laid off from the last job due to involuntary reasons, please consider applying for UI benefits until you find another job.

      • Mark Spengler says:

        Thanks for your reply Jacob. I spoke with someone at the local one stop career center and was told because I was not at my last job that I was laid off from for at least 8 weeks I am not eligible. I quit my previous job because I had a promise of employment from the job I was let go from. Do you know if they stick to this 8 week rule or are there exceptions?

  90. Eugene says:

    I have a full time job and am a seasonal worker at a golf course. I am 67 years old and intend to retire from my full time job but keep my seasonal job. If I retire now but the seasonal job ends in a month am I entitled to unemployment benefits.

  91. Kate says:

    I live in NJ but work in NYC.
    Can I collect unemployment from New Jersey
    I will be receiving severance pay for 4 months.
    Do I apply for unemployment on my last day of work or when my severance is up?

    • Jacob says:


      That is correct. Please apply when the severance payout ends. You should be applying from the state where your employment was based.

  92. Lynn says:

    I must close my family retail business in New Jersey. After 50 years of a lucrative business it is no longer viable. Blame the internet. Brick and mortar businesses are feeling this more and more. Will I be able to collect unemployment. I am 62 years old.

    • Jacob says:


      I can understand your thoughts. If you paid unemployment taxes into the system, you should be able to claim.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  93. Jenn says:

    I left my job after five years to start a new job. After working that new job for two months, they laid me off. Can I collect benefits in nj?

    • Jacob says:


      To claim UI benefits, the claimant is required to have employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please contact the Unemployment Office for further discussion.

  94. Sam says:

    My current claim is running out November 4th. They told me to file a new claim. Will there be a lapse in payment to me. One week or two? My work isn’t seasonal. We’re just laid off and I will be going back by December or January.

  95. Tanya Martin says:

    Hello I’ve worked for a company in NJ for the past 10 years. 4 years ago I decided to relocate to FL and was allowed to work remote. During this time I think my employer also registered in the state of FL. Today we were notified that we were laid off due to the company closing. I am planning to move back to NJ at the end of the month. Can I still file my UI in NJ? That is where the company is located and the address on my checks & W2, but like I said I think he may also be paying into FL as there are several employees who reside here.

    • Jacob says:


      Please file from the state where your employment is based. I suggest you confirm with your employer before making an application.

  96. Jim A. says:

    Hi,I live in PA and work in construction and my unemployment is just about to run out,can I apply for NJ unemployment now since I worked for a NJ contractor in PA for a couple months ?, if so does NJ take into consideration all my employment in PA working for PA contractors too or just the NJ contractors ? thanks

    • Jacob says:


      I am not sure if you can apply on the basis of previous employment. Please call the Unemployment Office in NJ to find out.

  97. Rachel says:

    I am currently working as a maternity leave teacher until November 17. There have been other openings here hat I have applied for and not even considered for an interview.
    Am I eligible for unemployment? I was willing to take on a lower paying position as an aide but was never interviewed for them.

    • Jacob says:


      If your employment is on contract or seasonal, you may not qualify. Please confirm by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

  98. Jenn says:

    My company is offering a volunteer separation package. I get a lump sum to leave. I will get this lump sum all in one check. Can I collect unemployment? If I do, should I apply on my last day of work?

  99. Danielle says:

    When a maternity leave position which is long term with prorated teacher pay, etc. from January through May ends, can teacher file for unemployment in NJ?

  100. Mari says:

    I have collected benefits as a teacher due to involuntary reasons. However, I had to return the amount collected after I returned to substituting not teaching at a different district. How is that so? Now that I think of it, maybe I should have appealed it and continued to collect on a partial rate when I was only making 95.00 a day.

    • Jacob says:


      If you think you were denied wrongfully, please consider filing an appeal. Please make sure to research on the internet and talk to a few people before doing so.

  101. Levent Bayraktar says:

    I worked for only 7 months in New Jersey and I live in Pennsylvania, where I worked prior to my job in NJ. Where/how do I file unemployment?

  102. Debbie says:

    I am a full time professional paying into the system for 35 years. I take an online course and one evening course for my own learning purposes while working full time 7-5:30 daily. I was laid off 3 weeks ago due to all projects being canceled. I did say I was a part time student and was flagged for not being able to receive benefits and a phone appt. was given a month out. I have been unable to get through on the phone; I am actively working with 3 recruiters, but not working. Can being a part time student disqualify me from a benefit I have never utilized and paid into for over 30 years?

    • Jacob says:


      I can understand your situation. UI benefits are only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  103. Tina says:

    Is being fired for performance after 17 years eligible for enemployment? My husband worked in DE and lives in NJ. He should file in DE?

    • Jacob says:


      He will not be eligible for unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  104. Joy Oriente says:

    I am in the process of resigning from my current job in NJ to follow my husband to Florida where he was offered employment. Would I be able to collect UI at least until I am settled in Florida and if not, can I apply in Florida once I become a resident?

    • Jacob says:

      You will not be eligible for unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  105. Andy says:

    I work in PA but my home is in NJ ware to I file unemployment NJ or PA

  106. Francesca Caporrrimo says:

    I am not understanding. The website states you can apply for additional benefits past the initial unemployment application. However I called and they are not accepting calls at this time but the recording did state there are no extensions which is different from what the website is stating? Need clarification on Extension of NJ unemployment benefits please…

    • Jacob says:

      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.

  107. Sam says:

    I was working in NYC until the 27th Nov and have resigned from that position to start working as a contractor as employment with a recruiting company in NJ. The client has mandate holidays starting the 25th Dec – 1st Dec.
    Would I be able to file Unemployment in NJ?

    • Jacob says:


      A seasonal break from employment does not generally qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  108. Alli Iacullo says:

    I got let go from my full-time job in October started collecting unemployment. I started working a part-time job at the end of November, but had another part-time job opportunity come along a couple of weeks later that was better paying, but unfortunately conflicted with the first part-time job. Therefore, I quit the first part-time job to take the second part-time job since it was a better opportunity. However, because I quit, Unemployment suspended my payments and I have a phone interview for January 8th. Will I be eligible to still collect my unemployment from the full-time job I got let go from? I’m not really understanding why they’re giving me a hard time if it was to take a job that was better paying.

    • Jacob says:


      If you were let go from the full-time job due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible to collect again. Please contact the Claims Center for clarification.

  109. Dan says:

    I started new job in September and may get laid off soon. It may happen that i will not accumulate 20 weeks with current employer. Will i be eligible for benefits and which salary will be used as a base for calculating weekly benefits?

    • Jacob says:


      Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website to ascertain eligibility and estimate benefits.

  110. Soso says:

    Collecting unemployment in nj since end of November 17,leaving in NYC
    May have a temporary 6 months position in NYC in January
    How will this work for NJ unemployment and when the temp job is completed do I have to open a new case in NYC or can I resume NJ unemployment?

    • Jacob says:


      Temp jobs do not generally qualify. When you finish the assignment, please check with your employer or call the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  111. Shannon says:

    If I receive and accept a job offer, can I collect unemployment until the start date of my new job?

  112. Joe says:

    Im 66 Ive been working as a contractor thru an employment agency and assigned to a major medical devices company for the last 6 months. I was just notified that the budget for the project I am on has been cut back. As a result I have been given 2 weeks notice. Am I eligible to collect unemployment in NJ?

    • Jacob says:


      Contract workers are generally not eligible since employers do not pay relevant taxes into the system. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  113. Jake says:

    I worked in NJ from May 2014 to May 2017 and in NY from June 2017 to December 2017 for the same company. Can I get unemployment from NJ? My employer said I should collect from NY because “New York is where your unemployment taxes were paid should unemployment”.

  114. PB says:

    I’m an actor & I’m considering incorporating as an LLC, with an S election for tax purposes. If part of my S election goes to unemployment insurance coverage, as an “employee” of my own LLC, would I be eligible for UI benefits because of lack of work?

  115. Debra says:

    I work in a physician office for over 30 years. Doctor has reduced the work force here by over 50% in the last five years and the burden of the extra work falls on my shoulders. I cannot get my work done in a day and the stress of the job has built to where I cannot even think straight when here. I have complained via email and personal discussions many many times to both the doctor and his wife who two years ago took an active role in the practice. My words fall on deaf ears and all I am told is how do other doctors do it… I feel the patient care is compromised because there is not enough staff in the office. On top of all that, I am entitled to 25 days vacation each year and the doctor decided for 2018 that you must accrue days out before they are taken so I won’t even get paid for an upcoming planned February vacation. If I leave this job to find another, am I entitled to collect unemployment in this situation until I find another job. ??

    • Jacob says:


      If your hours at work have been considerably reduced, please claim partial UI benefits until the hours are restored.

  116. Jesse says:

    I’ve worked as a full time Xray Tech for a company since July 2017. I was just told that they might be bringing me down to per diem status possibly within the next two weeks. What that means is that instead of working my 40-50 hrs/wk they “might” give me more like 20 instead. Would I be able to apply for unemployment until I find another full time or other job to make up for those lost hours/money?

    thanks 🙂

    • Jacob says:


      You can be eligible to claim UI compensation for the lost hours. Please consider applying for partial UI benefits until the hours are restored.

  117. Robert Messer says:

    I live in New Jersey but worked in Philadelphia. Do I still file my claim here?

  118. PAM HIRT says:

    I was employed at 2 jobs for 2 years from May, 2016: one was a full time factory job which I was released from due to downsizing on Dec. 8, 2017. I am still employed part time as a pharmacy driver- I started working that job in May of 2016 as well.
    My question is this- why are my part-time wages from my second job deducted from my unemployment pay? The part time job preceded my unemployment. I only receive $89/week in benefits after this deduction is made. It’s as if I’m being punished for working to help myself out!
    I’d make more money from my unemployment claims if I just quit the part time job- I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I did that, but this seems ridiculous to me. I don’t see this information anywhere online- the part where a previous job is deducted from an unemployment claim before payment. Can you direct me to that law?

    • Jacob says:


      Thank you for writing to us. I do not have clarity on this. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office for further directions in this regard.

  119. Bob says:

    I’m located in NJ and my company is offering a one-time Voluntary Early Retirement Program for associates 55 years of age and older. A lump sum, based on years of tenure will be added to our non contributory pension plan. When we decide to withdraw we must withdraw the entire amount either in a lump sum or monthly installments. There is no severance pay with this program. Will I be eligible for NJ unemployment?

  120. Gabrielle says:

    I started working for a company several years ago, and my husband bought the company. Work has slowed down considerably and I am now looking for work elsewhere- will I eligible to receive unemployment if I am laid off, even if my husband owns the corporation?

  121. H says:

    Hello! I have worked for the my employer for over 5 years of which 3.5 years I have worked entirely remotely. After notifying my employer of a miscarriage they dissolved (they use the word evolve) my current position and have advised that I either need to take a promotion and work 33% of time in office and have in home childcare (which they know I do not currently have) or work for them under a 1099. With a young child the cost of childcare would significantly lower my weekly take home pay (by about half) as I work with her home now. If I take the 1099 route and become pregnant again I won’t be eligible for a paid leave or unemployment should they decide to dissolve my position again. I feel that I cannot take either of their offers but if I do not am I eligible for unemployment benefits until I find a new job?

    • Jacob says:

      I can understand your situation. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office for further consultation on eligibility to claim UI benefits.

  122. Tara says:

    I am employed by NYC Union, but working in NJ. We are temporarily laid off? Do I claim through NY or NJ. My Union is NY, I work and live in NJ?

  123. Joe says:

    I was offered an early retirement package as my company is overextended. I am an outside salesman and was told my accounts were being given to another sales person. I will be receiving a lump sum severance package. Will I be eligible for UI?

  124. Eric says:

    Hello, I worked as a salesman in pa for the last 3 yrs and had an injury and was out for 3 months. I was they wanted me to do another position upon my return. Before my injury I was put on and off salary and commission to just commission 4 times in 3 years with my most recent terms being 100% commission. I live in NJ and found it to costly to continue working there as I found myself spending more money getting to work per week than i was making sometimes. So i quit and took a job offer before my return to work date in Nj. It’s closer to home and less costly. I jave been employed since 1/2/18 and there are days where we dont have work and can claim unemployment. Does the money i made working in pa carry over to nj? Will i qualify for benefits if I meed them?

    • Jacob says:


      I suggest you call and consult the Unemployment Office in NJ for specific details pertaining to your claim and qualification.

  125. Patrick says:

    I work in a school district and I’m retired military. This is my second career. The district if our District discontinues my position as part of a budget decision can I collect unemployment benefits?

    • Jacob says:


      It depends on multiple factors such as the below.

      1) If your employer paid Unemployment Taxes into the system.
      2) The effect of your second job on the eligibility.

      Please call the Claims Center for a detailed discussion.

  126. Christine says:

    applied for NJ unemployment, only one week left on my claim. Worked four days in NJ, 8 months in NY state before that and 5 weeks in NJ before that. My NJ claim balance is only one week’s worth, after that balance is zero, can I then do a NY claim?

    • Jacob says:


      UI benefits are not recurring in nature. You will not be able to claim from NY once benefits from NJ get exhausted. Please call the Unemployment Office for further advise.

  127. Tom says:

    I live in NJ (12 years now) and worked in PA. I was laid off. I am able to work and am seeking work in NJ.

    Where do I file my unemployment claim, NJ or PA?

  128. Nila says:

    I was laid off from my job in April, I have been receiving unemployment benefits since then I applied for a job which is a temporary position so I can get some experience in administrative assistant occupation. They offered me the position which is about $15,000 less than my previous job . My question is if I take it will I lose my unemployment benefits? Or can I still file once the position ends…position is from June to September.

    • Jacob says:


      Your temporary employment will have a bearing on UI claims. Wheather it stops or reduces depends on multiple factors. Please call the Claims Center for further advise.

  129. Dahlia says:

    I moved to New Jersey in Mid May from Illinois and will be losing my job (laid off due to restructuring in late June). Do I apply for benefits in Illinois or NJ? I am now living in NJ but have worked from home for a company based in NYC. Paid taxes in Illinois for the past 4 years.

  130. Chris says:

    I am a ten month instructional aide at a grammar/middle school. Can I apply for unemployment for July and August? I will return to the same position in September.

    • Jacob says:


      Seasonal employment does not qualify due to the obvious nature of work and break. For clarification, please call the Unemployment Office in your state.

  131. Peter Lazzarotti says:

    I was laid off from the Township of Cedar Grove, NJ on June 15th, 2018. I started a new job this August 6, 2018. They told me it was 15 hours a week. But so far averaging about 10. Can I resign from this job and keep my benefits on my original claim?

    • Jacob says:


      If you resign voluntarily, you may not qualify. Instead, please consider applying for partial UI benefits towards the lost hours.

  132. Melissa says:

    Hi. The company I work for will be moving from NJ to Florida and I have accepted to move with them by accepting a promotion. Due to this move my husband will be forced to quit his job. Can he qualify for unemployments benefits in NJ?

    • Jacob says:


      Your husband might not be eligible since UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons.

  133. Evelyn says:

    I work as a contractor at my job, and have worked here for over 2 years. However, the contract ends in February. Do I qualify for Unemployment?

    • Jacob says:


      Contract workers do not qualify due since employers’ don’t pay unemployment taxes into the system. Please call the Unemployment Office to clarify.

  134. Nella says:

    I am being relocated and the new commute will be 86 miles from my home. I will be driving from toms river to Fairfield everyday. It is not economical for me. I am a single mother and I am having a problem finding help to get my child on the bus as I will have to leave earlier. The drive will take 1 hr & 40 min without traffic. Can I resign under hardship and be able to collect!

    • Jacob says:


      You might be eligible to claim under these circumstances. Before making a decision on your employment, please call the Unemployment Office.

  135. Steph says:

    Hi There. I was recently laid off and qualify for benefits – I’ve filed my claim and received confirmation within the past week. However, I’ve been offered a consulting/contract gig. This work will last a few weeks, and won’t come close to my former pay, but may equal my unemployment benefit over the same time. Do you have any advice for me about how this impacts my benefit and how I should go about reporting it? I’ve called the unemployment line three days in a row and the recording says they have too many calls so I should try back the next day. Thanks so much.

    • Jacob says:


      Please go ahead and immediately report the income. The Unemployment Office will guide you further on the impact and how you should be acting on it.

  136. Jeffrey Chafe says:

    I have recently been reassigned to a different work function within my department. The function is somewhat similar but certainly not as financially lucrative as the function I was hired for.
    The reason I was given for the change is because I have recently acquired protection under FMLA rules for the care of my wife. I was told that when my FMLA expires we will renegotiate my future within the department.
    I find this to be somewhat retaliatory and feel extremely uncomfortable working here. My performance has always been award winning. This came as a disturbing surprise because I was not given any warning or opportunity to show my continued performance.Could I resign under those conditions and collect unemployment while I seak another position?

    • Jacob says:


      This is a sensitive situation. before making a decision on your job, please call the Unemployment Office in your state to take their opinion.

  137. Ismail says:

    Can I claim unemployment if my job relocate to a new location that is hard to commute to

  138. Lakeya says:

    I reside in Pa and worked in NJ. I was displaced and exhausted all benefits. I am eligible for ABT; upon going to the OneStop career center on 1/22/19,I wasn’t given much information. Which left me discouraged as I am new to the whole Unemployment process. I would like to enroll in training (ABT) however I am unaware of my options, as the employees in the Elizabeth (one stop career center)location make you feel as though you’re bothering them, when asking for clarity. I have no idea what schools are available for me to choose from. As I don’t want my ABT benefits to expire. What can I do and who can I speak with for clarity? Please help

    • Jacob says:


      Nobody but the authorities can give you precise info. You can also explore the resources available on the department’s website for help. I would still suggest you walk into an office in the vicinity and try speaking to a different person this time.

  139. Craig Reinhard says:

    I left my job and attended an accredited trade school in hopes of getting a job with my local union. After the interview they stated positions will be filled in july. I have reched out to several companys for employment to no avail. Can i collect my benifits till the union hires me in july

    • Jacob says:


      You may not be eligible to receive UI benefits since they’re only extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  140. Jason says:

    I was laid off in NJ from my job that closes January until April. Can I apply to work in Florida if I decide to relocate while collecting? Or can you only receive unemployment if you continue to reside in the state you were working in?

    • Jacob says:


      You can apply from the state where your last employment was based and then consider taking a transfer to the new state when you decide to move. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  141. Tim says:

    I was laid off and my final day of work was 2/28/19. I started a new job on 3/11/19. Can I file for unemployment for the one week of 3/4/19?

  142. Meggan says:

    I worked at H&R Block as a seasonal receptionist and also have another part-time job. As of April 15th, I will no longer be working at H&R Block. Is that considered a reduction in hours and make me eligible for unemployment?

    • Jacob says:


      You should be eligible to receive UI benefits as long as the job separation was involuntary. Please call the Unemployment Office for more.

  143. Doree Harootunian says:


    I am a hostess at a restaurant and they are currently renovating. They said they would be closed for one weekend. Now its looking like 3. Can I file unemployment to get the money I lost for the time that they were closed? They also have another restaurant that they said they would give me hours there to make up for my lost work but they have not given me hours. I am also the only hostess at the restaurant that is currently closed.

    • Jacob says:


      You might be eligible for a temporary time off from work. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

  144. Zach says:


    Is the minimum earned to qualify $7,300 or $8,400? Because I have seen different answers from different websites. Thanks.

  145. Judith says:

    I have been hired by a private catholic school as a security officer but just discovered it is a 10 month position, with no work while the school closes for summer recess. Will I be able to collect unemployment during the closure?

    • Jacob says:


      Seasonal/contract employment does not qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for clarification.

  146. BRAD says:

    I had a full time PT job in NJ nursimg home in 2014. My job status was changed to Per Diem on June 2016 because of lack of hours work due to low census or slow admissioms in the facility. I’ve been working as an in house Per Diem PT in multiple SNFs to get enough hours per week. For 3 years I was gettimg enough hours to give my family the basic necessities of life and survive. I tried to avoid applying for Unemployment Benefits but since last month until now I barely getting hours of work due to new 2019 Medicare change in SNF. I decided to apply because my wife’s salary is not enough. I’m a W2 employee, I just want to know if I’m eligible before applying?. Thank you.

    • Jacob says:


      Contract workers are generally not eligible to claim since employers’ don’t remit Unemployment Taxes into the system. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  147. BRAD says:

    I was hired as one of their employees with a per diem status not an independent contractor. Federal,SS, state tax, SUI, SDI, Family Leave Insurance and Workforce are deducted in my paycheck. With all the deductions every paycheck, I’m not eligible because they don’t remit unemployment taxes?

  148. Susan says:

    Hi I live in NJ and have been working as a contingent employee at a company based in NYC. It’s on a contract that was only supposed to be 6 months but they have extended it indefinitely a couple times and I am there almost a year. They have extended it a few more months and said will determine by January if can be taken on as perm. If it is determined that I cannot be and the contract thus ends, am I eligible to collect while I seek a new job? If so, will I file in NJ where I live or in NYC where I work?

    • Jacob says:


      Please note contract workers are not generally eligible since employers’ do not pay UI taxes into the system. Please call the Unemployment Office in NJ to learn more.

  149. Mike Ross says:

    Greetings from Manila, Philippines, where I am based. After the company of Louis Berger Group (headquartered in Morristown, NJ) was acquired by the larger Canadian firm WSP as the end of 2018, my Philippine program manager / country manager position was deemed redundant and I was laid off in early May 2019. I have been unemployed since then but continue to pursue applications for overseas employment opportunities since I have been based in the Philippines for the last 40 years.
    The NJ Dept of Labor has to date denied my applications and appeals to access the unemployment insurance that I have paid for over the last 24 years of working with the Louis Berger Group. The main / final objection of the NJ Dep of Labor is that I am not eligible for NJ unemployment insurance since I am residing overseas, where I have been working and residing for the last 40 years and paying NJ unemployment taxes for the last 24 years.
    Currently my appeal is at the NJ Board of Review for final decision by filing a Notice of Appeal. My appeal needs to be submitted within 45 days of the last mailing date of Oct. 2, 2019. I can complete most of the necessary form (attached). Is it worth the effort to file a final appeal to the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court?

    • Jacob says:


      Thank you for writing to us. I am not sure if you stand a chance considering the laws. Suggest you contact a lawyer for specific advice in this regard.

  150. Lawrence Stack says:

    I worked as a pharmacist making well over the maximum from July, 2017 through April, 2018 on a 1099 through a consulting firm. At that time, I developed an infection in my right foot that ultimately required a below the knee amputation. The pharmacy replaced me without any written warning or documentation whatsoever. The healing process took over 6 months. I applied for short term disability and was denied because they said I was a consultant and not an employee. I appealed the decision and won the appeal on the basis that I should have been classified as an employee, not a contractor. However I was only awarded about 3 months of disability and never received any documentation from them as to how much time was actually awarded nor how much I received. I was physically unable to work until January, 2019. I have been employed full time since May, 2019. At this time…November, 2019, can I retroactively apply for UI from the time my disability terminated through the time I secured new employment? Thanks I know this is a complex one.

    • Jacob says:


      Hope you get well soon. Unfortunately, Unemployment Insurance benefits are only offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. I would still suggest you call the Unemployment Office for a detailed discussion with the claims representative.

  151. Ron says:

    I retired in 2017, collect a pension and I collect social Security. I am currently working but have been told the job will be ending in September 2020.

    I will have worked well over the 20 weeks and made about 18,200 in wages.

    would I be eligible to collect unemployment when this job ends?

    • Jacob says:


      To be eligible, the claimant is required to have active employment and earnings during the base period (last 4-5 calendar quarters). Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this site to ascertain.

  152. Racquel C says:

    I was working as a substitute teacher in my district while student teaching to finish my degree. Now that all schools are closed will I be able to collect unemployment since my means of income are gone?

    • Jacob says:


      Considering the recent announcements, you should be able to collect it. Please consider applying.

  153. Anthony Ruberto says:

    Hi, I am a full time high school teacher in NJ. The school is closing early do to the virus, and the school is being closed due to financial issues.

    I’m pretty sure I can apply for benefits my two questions are:
    1. What date should I submit the claim? I see other states tel the teachers to submit it 7 days before the last day. So I a curious as to what date I can actually submit them.
    2. Do you need to put every job you worked during that base period, even is one was for jus a month?

    Thanks alot
    Semper Fi

    • Jacob says:


      Thank you for writing to us. I do not have specific answers to your question. Please consult your colleagues and apply accordingly.

  154. George says:

    Will income from a part-time gig as a Census enumerator reduce my unemployment benefits? I have seen conflicting information online.

    I got accepted as an enumerator last month, but am hesitant to actually start work due to the potential impact on my UI benefits…

    would appreciate some advice. thanks!!!

    • Jacob says:


      Any income will have an impact on UI benefits. Please report the income to the Unemployment Office website after logging in.

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