New Jersey Unemployment Requirements

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. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the New Jersey unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, NJ unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the NJ unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the New Jersey unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

(609) 292-7162 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Office New Jersey Unemployment Website

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# ken 2011-05-23 18:33
I was hired as a temporary replacement teacher in November and my contract expires in June. When it expires, will I be eligible for unemployment? If yes, I also work once or twice a month, but hardly make any money, at a restaurant as a waiter, how will this affect my eligibility?
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# laura 2011-06-03 18:43
My job is soon mergeing with another company. If i chose not to go with the other company. Can I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Ben 2011-12-23 07:17
I'm on Social Security and also work a part-time job. I will
be laid off 12-31-2011. Can I apply/receive Unemployment?
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# Monique 2012-02-22 11:57
Can I be a Mary Kay Rep and still look for work and collect unemployment?
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# Milton 2012-02-15 19:10
I was hired on 8-21-2012 and still employed. I am presently working where I strongly feel is a hostile environment for me. The manager is making me feel that the company wants to fire me because I do not make enough productivity for the nationally known automotive business. Feburary 22 will make 6 mos' on the job. My question, if the fire because I'm not making their dollar figures, but doing the job correctly and safely. Can I collect unemployment?
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# dave 2012-02-21 14:44
I am a 51 year old who was fully employed from November 1,2010 till December 16, 2011 and I attended online courses at night and have been disqualified for benefits for attending school and also the disqualificatoi n stated I only worked part time.That part is totally false, what can I do.
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# Jessica 2012-04-14 10:42
Hello. I have two part-time jobs. One of them is an independent contractor job (self-employed) which accounts for half my income. My boss is retiring, and this job is coming to an end. Am I able to receive unemployment while I look for something to replace this regular income? I would continue to work part-time at my other job, a 25 hr/wk regular (not self-employed) job.
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# Joanne 2012-04-21 11:45
My company's has just been taken over by a new company. Benefits are not as good and eventually our pay will be cut over time. If I leave this job, can I collect unemployment?
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# herman 2012-04-27 08:12
i have worked at this place for about one month and i'am being
let go. i worked prior years on and off and also atttending school
reason for not working full time was due to school. can i collect unemployment as of now? Thank you
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# shanen 2012-05-12 15:07
I work in RI and was told Friday that my job has been obsoleted and I may be laid off. If I started to collect in RI and decided to move to nj to look for a better job can I tranfer my unemployment?
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# Danielle 2012-05-30 15:46
My job is forcing me to quit as they will not grant me maternity leave. Will I be able to collect unemployment after my temporary disability is over?
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# Luba 2012-06-18 12:52
I worked for my company full time for 5 years. For the last 2 years I was on a leave of absence due to disability. I came back to work after being on a long term disability and after one month I am being layed off. Am I eligible for unemployement under New Jersey Law?
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# Sandy 2012-06-21 15:12
My hours are getting reduced. How many hours a week qualifies for unemployment?
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# Kristen M 2012-06-21 20:07
I am in the same situation as Ken. I was hired as a long term replacement teacher in February and my contract has now ended this week because the school year is over. As of right now, I do not have a permenant teaching position for September. I am able to collect unemployment over the summer months to help me keep up? Any help or suggestions are appreciated. Thank you!
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# Jen 2012-07-17 20:08

I was in a similar situation last year and unemployment accepted the situation and I received money from unemployment. Hope this helps!
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# Marty J 2012-08-17 19:54
I'm being advised to take early retirement or face being laid off. I am choosing the early retirement but i would only get a years worth of pay. Am i eligible for unemployment?
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# lori 2012-09-22 15:56
what is the minimum amt u have to earn if you wored less than the 26 weeks required i worked off & on so far this year but not steady at one job did i makk enough money to qualify foe unemploymen this was a full time job then he cut my hours to 20 now he said he has to let me go No business the job paid a draw & commission so now iOWEhim money
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# LEA 2012-10-20 20:30
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# Maria 2012-10-22 22:33
Could you collect to take care of a child?
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# Dee 2012-10-24 09:17
Does anyone what the maximum hours I can work and still collect unemployment ?
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# Maria 2012-11-02 13:57
I have two jobs. One is part time (20hrs) and the other is full time (40hrs). I will be terminated in January 2013 from the full time job. I am trying to find out if I am eligible for unemployment in New Jersey (the state I work for both jobs).
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# donna 2012-11-16 11:33
what are the maximum amount of hours I can work within the two week period and still collect ?
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# Kris 2012-11-30 11:34
If I was discharged after a year and a half based on a background that was just conducted will I be able to collect unemployment?
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# Evelyn 2012-12-04 16:22
I worked at a job for 30 years full time. My hours were reduced to 21 hours per week for the past 3 years. If I am laid off, will I be able to collect unemployment even though I would be laid off from a part-time job?
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# Cindy 2012-12-11 18:08
I have two jobs. One is part time teaching (6hrs) and the other is full time (40hrs). I will be terminated in January 2013 from the full time job. I am trying to find out if I am eligible for unemployment in New Jersey (the state I work for both jobs).
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# olga 2013-03-01 22:28
Hi Cindy,
what is the result? Did you apply?
I didn't get my tenure and after 5 years I have to leave .
Can I get the unemployment?
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# olga 2013-03-01 22:33
I didn't get my tenure, and my contract is over in June. Can I get unemployment or not?
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# theresa 2012-12-14 10:29
my company closed the 3 days prior to Thanksgiving and then we were paid Holiday pay for Thanksgiving and the day after, but for the 3 previous days we were told they were closing for maintenance reasons. To me that sounds like a company shutdown for those 3 days and I should've been eligible for unemployment but they told us we HAD to take our vacation time, as we weren't eligible for unemployment. Is that ture?
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# Leslie 2012-12-18 15:18
My office is closing between Christmas and New Year's and I will not be allowed to work. However, I will return to the job on January 2. Am I eligible to collect unemployment? This is in NJ?
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# lena 2013-01-08 13:47
I am a CHHA in NJ and I have just been released to full duty after being hurt on site. My boss says that he will try to find work for me but he dosen't feel confident in my preformance. However due to current cumstances I beleieve that he won't have anything for me but won't fire me either. With out income I can't pay my bills. I honestly don't know what to do next. Any suggestions?
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# vishal 2013-02-05 06:59
I have work for more than 18 months wit one company and got layoff from my wondering if im entitle for unemployment...for this is my first time in such situation??/.tks
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# yetty 2013-02-12 00:51
I worked 2 jobs, one full time (40)hrs the other 20hrs. I got laid off on my full time job due to t he fact that company move to another state. Can I collect unemployment on my full time job. Also the part time job is temporarily off and on, how is UI determined based on this. Thanks.
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# Awy 2013-02-15 20:56
I currently work full time. My job is moving in April 13 to a totally different County. My commute will be 52 miles each way. I cannot afford that far of a commute, I have small children which I need to be home for. Would I be able to collect unemployment if I was to leave. I suggested them 3 days a week and they said NO.
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# nick 2013-02-18 13:49
I was fired in nj for severe misconduct feb 2012. I was disqualified for ue benefits. I filed for an appeal and got a job before the appeal process completed. I started the new job sept 6 2012 and was laid off through no fault of my own feb 15 2013. Do I automatically qualify for unemployment benefits since I worked more than 4 weeks and made more than 6 times the weekly benefit rate? If so, is the amount the same as the original weekly benefit rate given to me when I first filed in Feb 2012? Also, who pays the ue benefits at this point? My original employer or the one who recently laid me off?
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# Charlie 2013-02-28 18:56
I'm currently collecting ue benefits and now my previous employer wants me to start collecting pension benefits. If I receive them monthly or in a lump sum payment, will I still be able to collect my ue benefit for the full term if I'm unable to secure employment thru my job search?
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# Jennifer 2013-03-08 09:41
I currently work for a food service company in a school in NJ. At the end of March the school I work at will have four half days. I am not required to go to work on half days. The following week the school will close for spring break. So I will not be working for eight days total. I only started this job last Sept 2012 but did work at another job prior to this one. Am I eligible to apply for unemployment for these eight days? Also, am I eligible to collect over the summer?
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# Kelly 2013-03-13 11:54
I am being let go from my company, They are offering a 2 yr leave of absence that allows me my severance and 6 months cobra (full price) If I take this leave of absence and deplete the severance, and find my self unemployed, will I be able to collect unemployment?
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# Maryann 2013-04-22 18:06
I have worked for same co. For 17yrs. I collect social sec. And have full time job. My question is will I be able to collect unemployment when I retire July 1st ? I am now 69 yrs old.
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# Mary 2013-05-15 12:40
I started my job Jan, 2012 and was layed off 5/3/13. The job was in NJ and I lived in NY with my parents when I took it. I moved to NJ 9/1/12 and still live there, although I did not change my address at work to NJ. I have a lease and pay utilities in NJ, but since I only lived in NJ for 4 months last year, I filed my taxes using my NY address and paid out of state taxes to NJ. Which state do I file for unemployment benefits?
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# mary 2013-05-20 10:40
My job is effecting my health mainly my legs,went to doctors and he said i have a nerve problem with my legs,i do alot of walking at my job and if this problem with my legs is on going i cannot work there,if i quit can i get unemployment since it's affecting my health
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# Patti 2013-07-02 15:53
I am a 10 month employee for a school district in the state of New Jersey. I"m a assistant librarian/secretary. If money is taken out of my check regularly for unemployment, am I eligible to collect unemployment for the summer months I do not work? Thank you for your time.
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# Jay 2013-07-29 15:19
I was working at 1 job when I found another. I quit my first job after working 2 jobs was too much for me. The 1st job put me in the computer as a Leave Of Absence. After a month and a half the 2nd job fired me basically due to people saying my work wasn't up to par but they told unemployment I called out alot when I only called out once. I filed unemployment for both but was denied so I filed an appeal and I have an hearing scheduled. I submitted my leave of absence papers for my appeal...Will I be able to win my appeal?
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# Jenn 2013-08-25 15:59
I've been out on Short Term Disability, my HR Dept only approved my leave until July though I submitted all paperwork and Doctor's note explaining I was taking the full STD time allotted putting my return to work date at Sept 2 . I received a letter saying my leave wasn't approved and they are considering it a voluntary termination on my part. I will be ready to return to work in Sept. when my STD is up, but if I don't have a job can I collect unemployment until I find a new job?
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# Dori 2013-08-26 12:43
I have a friend who does not have a computer and is wondering if she has surgery after a few months of collecting, what does she do in the process. Can she go on disability and then begin collecting after she has recovered.
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# Nicky 2017-11-01 19:36
I just got laid off from my job. I work 6 months. My job was in New Jersey. I live in Philadelphia. Will I be qualified for unemployment?
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