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So, you have lost your job or learned that you soon will. Here are some “first steps” to take when you learn that you are going to be laid off
Note that The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development does not charge a fee to file an unemployment claim. Anyone who visits a website that charges a fee for processing an unemployment claim should immediately exit that site before providing any confidential information.
Before unemployment benefits can be paid to you, you must file a claim. You are not permitted to file a claim until you are unemployed. You may file your new unemployment claim, or reopen an existing claim, via the Internet if you meet all the following requirements:
To file your online claim, you will need the following information:
If you meet these requirements, and you wish to file your unemployment claim via the Internet, you may do so here. The information you submit is confidential and the website is secure. Please note that this site should only be used for filing a new unemployment claim, reopening an existing one or claiming weekly benefits. It cannot be used to contact the agency. If you have a question about your claim or about unemployment insurance, click here.
If you do not wish to file your claim via the Internet, or if you have specific questions you may call your Claims Inquiry Center from Monday through Friday, excluding holidays between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Your claim will be dated the Sunday of the week in which you call so make sure you call during the week you want your claim to begin. The week runs Sunday to Saturday.
Once your unemployment claim has been accepted, you will receive regular benefits. The amount of unemployment benefits you may receive each week is your Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR). The amount will be 60% of the average weekly earnings during your base year period, up to a maximum amount. The maximum amount may change each year.
Program guidelines and benefits may change. The most current information about NJ unemployment guidelines and benefits is available here.
Below is the list of phone numbers to claim your weekly benefits. Phone numbers are assigned according to the One-Stop Career Center that provides reemployment services in your area.
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