Welfare Info

New Jersey Unemployment Insurance

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

What is New Jersey Unemployment Insurance?

The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under New Jersey law, and meet other eligibility requirements of New Jersey law.

  • Unemployment insurance (UI) payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of New Jersey law.
  • New Jersey administers a separate unemployment insurance program within guidelines established by Federal law.


New Jersey Unemployment Insurance is administered by New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for this benefit program, you must a resident of New Jersey and meet all of the following:

  • Unemployed, and
  • Worked in New Jersey during the past 12 months (this period may be longer in some cases), and
  • Earned a minimum amount of wages determined by New Jersey guidelines, and
  • Actively seeking work each week you are collecting benefits.

Application Details

What is the application process for New Jersey Unemployment Insurance?

To file a claim online or to check the status of your claim, please visit New Jersey's UI online claims portal.

Contact Info

(888) 795-6672

How to Apply

How to Apply

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