New Jersey Unemployment Eligibility

This page provides general guidelines on how to apply for New Jersey unemployment benefits. View the unemployment eligibility requirements, the process to file for unemployment in New Jersey, how long your benefits last and how to calculate unemployment rate. If you filed your claim and it was disqualified, denied New Jersey unemployment. You can apply for New Jersey unemployment online at https://njsuccess.dol.state.nj.us/njsuccess/html/fileAClaimHomeContd.htm.

New Jersey Unemployment Eligibility

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have worked at least 20 base weeks in covered employment or you must have earned $7,200. For weeks worked in 2007, the amount needed to establish a base week is $143; for weeks worked in 2008, the amount is $143; and for weeks worked in 2009, the amount is $143. These wages must have been earned during a 52 week period that is called a base year.

How do I file for New Jersey unemployment benefits

To file your unemployment claim online, go to http://njsuccess.dol.state.nj.us/html/fileaclaimhome.html. This site allows individuals with New Jersey employment to file a new claim for Unemployment Insurance Benefits or reopen an existing Unemployment Insurance claim over the Internet. You may use this application if you meet the following:


In order to process your claim in a timely manner, we strongly recommend that you enter your New Jersey driver's license number or Non-Driver Photo Identification Card number, if you have one. Although this is not a requirement for filing a claim, it will expedite the processing of your claim

You should also have the following available:


Calculating New Jersey unemployment benefits

Payments for unemployment benefits can vary from state to state, but calculating how much you will receive is simple enough to figure out for yourself. Most states determine weekly benefits using the base period quarter in which wages are highest, called the High-Quarter Method. The remaining states might use multiple methods based off the Annual-Wage Method to the Average-Weekly-Wage Formula. Because the High-Quarter Method is the most common method of computing benefits, you may be able to use this to help you determine your unemployment benefits.


How can I estimate my unemployment benefit amount

The period that the wage earner worked closes to full time is called the high quarter. This is the period in which wages were the highest. Take the amount earned during that quarter and divide by 13, which is the number of weeks in a calendar quarter. The state determines the percentage of that wage that will be replaced. The weekly wage is divided and the weekly benefit is calculated based on the weekly wage. Depending on the state you live in, the benefit amount may replace one half of the average weekly earnings.


How long do New Jersey unemployment benefits last

After the unemployment benefits have been calculated, your state will determine the duration of benefits. Several states establish uniform durations of 26 weeks for all workers who meet qualifying wage requirements, while other states have the flexibility to assign benefits lasting anywhere from 26 to 30 weeks.