New Jersey Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment Benefits in New Jersey
When claiming benefits for unemployment in New Jersey, there are variables affecting the amount of benefits received.
Weekly Benefit Rate
When claiming benefits for unemployment, the weekly amount of benefits received is called the Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR). The WBR can be up to 60 percent of the applicant’s Base Period wages.
Qualified dependents may be:
Applying for Benefits in New Jersey
Continued Eligibility in New Jersey
- Be physically and mentally able to work. If a claimant is ill due to a non-work related injury, they may be eligible for New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Insurance Program benefits.
- Be available to work. Personal obligations and responsibilities preventing an individual from working may result in loss of benefits. Transportation is also required to be considered available for work.
- Claim unemployment benefits each week online or by phone.
- Actively seek work. A minimum of 3 employers per week must be contacted. Employers must be contacted over the phone, online, or in person. Sending resumes and applications is also acceptable.
- Not refuse fair job offers. The claimant may have to compromise desired salary and commute distance. Failure to accept a suitable job will result in temporary loss of benefits.
- Attend each One-Stop Career Center appointment. Some claimants may be required to occasionally check in with a One-Stop Career Center. It is the claimant’s responsibility to attend each appointment and to reschedule missed appointments in a timely manner.
An unemployment benefits extension in New Jersey may be received if the state or federal unemployment reaches above a certain threshold. If a claimant is still unemployed and looking for a job, a state benefits extension may be given. A claimant may be eligible for a federal unemployment benefits extension if he or she is still unemployed after the state benefits extension has been exhausted.
For more information on how to claim unemployment benefits in NJ after the initial unemployment benefits claim has expired, please refer to the Extension section.
How to Get Benefits in New Jersey
Individuals receiving unemployment benefits may be advised to enroll in a One-Stop Career Center. The One-Stop Career Center is an agency that assists unemployed individuals in job searching and skills.
Claimants seeking unemployment insurance coverage who are recommended to attend the One-Stop Career Center and fail to attend may be at risk for delay or denial of benefits. In addition, unemployment insurance eligibility may change due failure to reschedule missed appointments.
The One-Stop Career Center is available for registration to all claimants, but is only compulsory for claimants that have been advised to register. Claimants who are laid-off and expecting to return to work will not be required to register.