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New Jersey Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsTo be eligible for New Jersey Unemployment  benefits, you must file a claim. Usually, the claim will be backdated no further than the Sunday of the week you filed. However, there are some circumstances that allow for the backdating of your claim (Examples: you were working reduced hours with your employer; you attempted to file a claim against another state).
 
If you believe your claim should be backdated, mention it to the agent when you file your claim by telephone.
 
If you file your claim via the Internet, you may request your claim be backdated by calling the New Jersey Unemployment  Reemployment Call Centers (RCC) at:  Union City RCC (201) 601-4100, Freehold RCC (732) 761-2020 or Cumberland RCC (856) 507-2340. read more
 
To be eligible for New Jersey unemployment benefits, you must have worked at least 20 base weeks in covered employment or you must have earned $7,300. For weeks worked in 2011, 2012, and 2013 the amount is $145.  These wages must have been earned during a 52 week period that is called a base year.Base Year Period 

Your regular base year period consists of 52 weeks that is determined by the date of your claim. The chart below shows what your regular base year period would be if you filed your claim any day between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

 
Federal income taxes and unemployment benefits:
You may voluntarily choose to have 10% of your weekly unemployment benefits withheld and sent to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Note: Unemployment insurance benefits are subject to federal income taxes

Note: Once you begin full-time work, you are not eligible to continue receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

Note: You must report any wages you may have earned while getting unemployment insurance benefits for that week

Note: If you receive Unemployment Insurance benefits to which you were not entitled, you will be responsible for repaying the benefits that you received.

New Jersey Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits Estimator




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Unemployment Office Tips:

Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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