New Jersey Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Pete 2012-02-21 12:04
Can i reapply online? I still have funds through UI extensions but I have claimed unemployment benefits for a year and it says online my benefit year is exhausted.
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# angela 2012-07-29 16:28
m working after a long time working sef employed but i jut find out the person is going to let peolple go because he is going to trenton to other office and i cant move there so i work for him 13 weeks i need to know if i can collect unemployment
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# benny 2012-09-30 23:00
i understand the 3 months but i also heard 3 months or $6,000
which ever comes first is that true or just hear say
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# Debbie 2012-10-05 12:11
I worked January 3 - July 6, 2012. I filed for unemployment on July 6th. My unemployment benefits ran out on Oct. 1. I received a notification in the mail explaining I am not eligible for EUC. I'm not sure why I can't receive EUC because I worked more than 20 weeks. Please let me know what I should do to continue to receive unemployment benefits.
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# Andrea 2012-11-05 10:46
The woman who set up my claim told me to call in next tues this was this was11/01/12 did she mean for me to call in 11/6/12 or 11/13/12
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# Jenn 2013-01-18 16:13
I worked in covered employment from Nov.2011 to April 2012. When I was laid off I put an unemployment claim in April of 2012 and received 13 weeks because my employment was high enough. I just started working again, started Jan of 2013 and was just told there may be lay offs so I may be be laid off after only working 5 weeks. Someone told me because my salary at this jobs is a higher income and I will make 6xs my last benefit amount and worked for four weeks or more I am eligible to put in another claim. Is this true?? If so when do I put the claim in? Do I need to wait until April so my benefit year expires or in this case can I put it in right away? How will they determine my base year? Thank you.
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# leigh 2013-02-06 09:07
I have filed for my ui the beginning of january and finally heard something from an agent last week he said i would get a call or my money by Tuesday i have yet to get a call or anything and everytime i try to call it says due to high call volume we cant take your call and hangs up on me i tried 7 different times and 3you different numbers and still nothing... what should i do?
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# Gregory5 2013-02-06 10:57
I was laid off, but I need a few months to take care of personal matters before I seek another job.

Is there a time limit for me to file for unemployment? Am I still eligible if I wait 3 months or 6 months?
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# lORRAINE 2013-02-06 14:35
what if you had a disabillity during the base period?
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# Jay 2013-02-19 10:24
Hi - I live in NJ and was working in NYC for 9 years and stopped on July 27, 2012. I then began a new job, with a different company, the next week in my home state of NJ beginning on July 30, 2012 until the present time. I may be facing unemployment in March 2013 due to decreased sales activity and my base year per the NJ UI website is Oct 1, 2011 to Sept 30, 2012. My question is would NJ consider my NYC employment in the calculation of the base year or would they just consider the weeks I worked in NJ, only, to determine the amount of weeks of UI benefits that I am entitled to? If there are any questions, please let me know. Thanks.
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# Karen D 2013-03-11 12:47
There were fewer than 20 base weeks that I earned less than $7300 -why is my claim invalid?
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# Mel R. 2013-07-22 17:12
new jersey,i filed a new unemployment claim for this year as I have to do every year cause of lay offs. I made more money in 2012 then I every made and my unemployment went down by 37 dollars .I only work for one company and lay offs are the same times every why am I getting less money when I made more?
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# Alexander Vishnevsky 2017-10-09 16:54
Hello, I still could not find a job (my 6-month unemployment benefit period is gone this week). I'm 64.5 years old. Can I apply for a continue unemployment benefits? If so please let me know how. Thank you.
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# joyce espiritu 2017-10-29 10:56
can i file for unemployment if you did not work in new jersey if i did not work during my base yaer.
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