Unemployment Benefits in New Jersey

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Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in New Jersey. If you are here, you are probably trying to figure out your unemployment benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so we put together these resources to help you navigate.

What is it called?

The New Jersey Division of Unemployment Insurance runs the state's Unemployment Insurance program.

Online

You will need to create an account on the online portal. You can file an online claim on Tuesday through Saturday. The time of day depends on your Social Security Number (SSN). The schedule is below:

Last 4 Digits of SSNAvailable Times
0000 - 12508:00am - 9:00am
1251 - 25009:00am - 10:00am
2501 - 375010:00am - 11:00am
3751 - 500011:00am - 12:00pm
5001 - 625012:00pm - 1:00pm
6251 - 75001:00pm - 2:00pm
7501 - 87502:00pm - 3:00pm
8751 - 99993:00pm - 4:00pm

If you are a first time applicant, get started here.

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

By Phone

You can also file for unemployment benefits or get help with your application by calling a Reemployment Center, Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 3:30PM.

The phone number to call depends on where you live.

Where You LivePhone Number to Call
North NJ201-601-4100
Central NJ732-761-2020
South NJ856-507-2340
Out of State888-795-6672

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Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

Info needed to apply

Personal information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen)
  • Pension information (if you are receiving any pension of 401k)
  • Amount and duration of any separation you may be receiving
  • Recall date (if you expect to be recalled to your job)
  • Union hiring hall information, including local number and address (if you get work through a union)
  • Military Form DD-214 (if you were in the military in the last 18 months)
  • Form SF-8 or SF-50 (if you were a federal employee)

Employer Information (for each employer you worked for in the last 18 months):

  • Complete name and address of employer
  • Employer’s phone number
  • Your occupation with that employer
  • Beginning and ending dates of employment
  • Reason for separation

FAQ + Resources

Find more information here.

Good luck, we're here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state's applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.

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