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New Jersey Unemployment

Unemployment benefits are social aid payments provided by the State of New Jersey to unemployed individuals. To submit unemployment claims, you must meet several eligibility requirements:

  • Be actively seeking a job
  • Be available for work
  • Be able to work
  • Not refuse any offer of suitable work

There are other factors that can impact your eligibility for unemployment benefits. You can be disqualified if you were fired from your job because you committed an action in detriment of the employer’s best interests. There are also restrictions applied when you voluntarily quit your job; a claim examiner will determine if you are still eligible for unemployment benefits. You may also be disqualified for benefits if you were involved in a labor dispute that resulted in work stoppage at the employer’s premises.

If you are declared not eligible for unemployment benefits, you can file an appeal. You need to mail an appeal letter explaining the reasons why you disagree with the determination and include your name, address, telephone number and SSN. The appeal letter has to be mailed to:

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Appeal Tribunal
PO Box 907
Trenton, NJ 08625-0907

When you qualify for unemployment benefits you must submit claims on a weekly basis. This can be done using the telephone or via Internet at You are responsible for claiming your benefits as instructed by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Keeping record of your claim certifications is highly recommended, as you will not be notified when to submit the claims. Remember that your claim date will be the Sunday of the week in which your initial claim was filed.

To protect citizens against identity theft, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development requires you to provide proof of your identity when you file an unemployment claim for the first time. They may also request yearly identity validation. Although you are entitled to submit the unemployment claims, NJLDW won’t issue any benefit payments until they are able to properly validate your identity. To verify your identity, you need to provide your Social Security Card and additional documents that validate your name and current mailing address. A list of acceptable documentation and instructions will be mailed after you submit your initial claim.

Before you receive unemployment benefit payments, you need to submit a claim. The minimum documentation required to submit an unemployment claim is:

  • Social Security Number.
  • Alien Registration Documentation (non-U.S. citizens).
  • Employer information from the last 18 months is required – including employer’s name, address, telephone number, employment beginning and ending dates, and the reason for separation.
  • Your bank information will be needed if you want your benefits to be deposited in your bank account.

Submitting claims at is easy, fast and secure. However, if you are unable to submit your claims online, call your respective Reemployment Call Center:

  • Freehold Reemployment Call Center at 732-761-2020.
  • Union City Reemployment Call Center at 201-601-4100.
  • Cumberland Reemployment Call Center at 856-507-2340.

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