New Jersey Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called New Jersey Labor and Workforce Development. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the New Jersey Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for NJ unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. No benefits can be paid to you for any week before you actually file your unemployment claim. You should always file as soon as possible after you become unemployed. You may file a claim or reopen an existing claim online if you worked only in New Jersey in the last 18 months. Worked in New Jersey and another state in the last 18 months. Worked for the Federal government and in New Jersey in the last 18 months. Served in the military in the last 18 months and are physically present in New Jersey. At the time of filing you will need information including your Social Security Number. Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen). Banking information (if you want your benefits directly deposited into your bank account). Pension information (if you are receiving any pension or 401k). Amount and duration of any separation pay 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) and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your New Jersey unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • New Jersey Labor and Workforce Development
    1 John Fitch Plz
    Trenton, NJ 08609

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for NJ unemployment benefits over the phone, call 888-795-6672.

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for NJ unemployment online, click here.