What Are The Eligibility Requirements?

To be eligible for benefits, you must have earned at least $103 in each of 20 weeks, or a total of $5,200 in employment that is covered under the New Jersey Unemployment Law. These earnings must have been earned during a period of time called your Base Period. The Base Period is the first four calendar quarters of the last five completed calendar quarters before the date of your claim. If you do not have enough earnings during your regular base period to qualify for a claim, earnings in other base year periods will be reviewed.

Unemployment benefits can be paid to you only if you are unemployed through no fault of your own. To continue to receive benefits, you must be physically and mentally able to work, available for work and actively seeking work

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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