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New Jersey Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Resource

Phone: (201) 601-4100

File a claim

Before unemployment benefits can be paid to you, you must file a claim for unemployment benefits. You may file your new unemployment claim, or reopen an existing claim, via the Internet if you meet all the following requirements:

  • You are a New Jersey resident;
  • All of your employment in the past 18 months was in New Jersey;
  • You did not work for the Federal Government in the past 18 months;
  • You were not in the military service in the past 18 months.

If you meet these requirements, and you wish to file your unemployment claim via the Internet, visit our website at: www.njuifile.net. Please note that www.njuifile.net is to be used only for filing a new unemployment claim or reopening an existing one. If you have a question about your claim or about unemployment insurance, click here.

To file your claim, you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security Number;
  • Your alien registration number (if you are not a citizen);
  • Recall date (if you expect to be recalled to your job);
  • Union hiring hall information, including local name and number (if you get your work through a union);
  • Complete name, address, and telephone number of your four most recent employers; and,
  • The beginning and ending dates of each period of employment and the reason for separation from your four most recent employers.

The information you submit is confidential. The online application uses a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt the data you submit. If you do not wish to file your claim via the Internet, you may file by telephoning your Reemployment Call Center.

Union City (Serves NE N.H): (201) 601-4100
Freehold (Serves NW and Central N.J.): (732) 761-2020
Cumberland (Serves South Jersey): (856) 507-2340

Before unemployment benefits can be paid to you, you must file a claim. There are three Reemployment Call Centers in New Jersey for filing new unemployment claims and reopening existing claims by telephone. The Reemployment Call Centers are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

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. Call volume is heaviest on Mondays, so for faster service, call later in the week.

In order to reduce your call waiting time, it may sometimes be necessary to limit calls by Social Security Number. When this happens, you will be asked to call back at another time.

Where to Call:

  • If your residence is serviced by one of the following One-Stop Career Centers, you will file your unemployment claim by calling the Freehold Reemployment Call Center at (732) 761-2020.
    Dover, Neptune, Phillipsburg, Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Plainfield, Flemington, Newton, Somerville, Morristown, Perth, Amboy, and Trenton Teletypewriter (TTY) users may file their unemployment claim by calling (732) 761-2035.
  • If your residence is serviced by one of the following One-Stop Career Centers, you will file your unemployment claim by calling the Union City Reemployment Call Center at (201) 601-4100.
    Bloomfield, Jersey City, Passaic, Hackensack, Newark and Paterson Teletypewriter (TTY) users may file their unemployment claim by calling (201) 601-4159.
  • If your residence is serviced by one of the following One-Stop Career Centers, you will file your unemployment claim by calling the Cumberland Reemployment Call Center at (856) 507-2340.
    Atlantic City, Hammonton, Vineland, Bridgeton, Salem, Westampton, Camden, Thorofare, Wildwood, Toms River Teletypewriter (TTY) users may file their unemployment claim by calling (856) 507-2399.

Before you Call a Reemployment Call Center:
You can help speed the claims filing process by having the following information available.

  • Your social security number.
  • Your alien registration number (if you are not a citizen).
  • Pension information [if you are receiving any pension or 401(k)].
  • 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 your work through a union).
  • Military Form DD-214, Member 4 Copy (if you were in the military in the past 18 months).
  • Form SF-8 or SF-50 (if you were a federal civilian employee).
  • For each employer that you worked for in the past 18 months, be prepared to tell us:
    • Complete name and address of employer.
    • Employer phone number.
    • Your occupation with that employer.
    • Beginning and ending dates of employment.
    • Reason for separation.
    • Also, be ready to choose a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN), and tell us whether you want 10% federal income tax withheld from your benefits and whether you want to claim dependency benefits.

If you have relocated to New Jersey and worked in a different state, you will need to file an Interstate Unemployment Claim against the state in which you worked. Some states provide special telephone numbers and/or Internet addresses for filing Interstate Claims. Those States are listed below. To file a claim against one of these states, call the number or visit the Internet address listed.

If the state in which you worked is not listed below, call the New Jersey Reemployment Call Center closest to your home (click here). You will file your claim through New Jersey and it will be forwarded to the proper state.

Source: New Jersey Department of Labor