The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development assists individuals with learning about New Jersey unemployment benefits, filing an unemployment application and helping recipients of unemployment insurance compensation to continue to meet ongoing weekly requirements, such as job application activity and personal certifications.  The Department’s gateway to filing an online unemployment application is www.NJUIFile.net.  In this post we will show you how to qualify for benefits and list out what information you will need to have to file your unemployment insurance claim online.

Qualifying For NJ Unemployment Payments

In order to qualify for New Jersey unemployment benefits you must either be underemployed (i.e., you are only working part time or worse) or completely out of a job.  The Department of Labor and Workforce Development will examine both how you lost your job (or had your work hours reduced) and how much money you made prior to the time you file for unemployment benefits online through the NJUIFile website.

You cannot have lost your job through any actions you took.  People who are fired because they were unable to perform their duties, purposefully disobeyed company policies or directives of their supervisors or other such conduct will not qualify you for benefits.  However, people who are unemployed due to downsizing, layoffs or a company closing its doors will meet this requirement.

Not only do you have to have become unemployed in the right manner but you must also have earned enough money while you were working prior to the time you filed for NJ unemployment.  The Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s income requirement is based upon time called your “Base Period.”  The Base Period is made up of four calendar quarters that starts with the four out of the last five completed calendar quarters.  For example, if Jane files for unemployment insurance through njuifile.net on August 1, 2011 (in the middle of the third quarter of the year), she would need to skip not only the current quarter but also the quarter that was just completed (the 2nd quarter of 2011).  Then, the next four quarters are added up to make up the Base Period (in this example – the 1st quarter of 2011 and then the 4th, 3rd and 2nd quarters of 2010).

In your Base Period you must have earned income during a minimum of 20 weeks (they don’t have to be consecutive).  Additionally, the total amount of income earned must equal or exceed $7,200.

What You Will Need To Apply

In order to successfully submit your New Jersey unemployment benefits application through www.NJUIFile.net you will need the following information:

Your Social Security Number (or Alien Identification Number if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Your full legal name, daytime telephone number and a valid mailing address

Your work history for the previous 18 months leading up to the time that you file for benefits (include start and stop work dates and contact information for each former employer)

A drivers license number of state-issued identification number

How To Apply

In addition to filing your unemployment insurance application through www.NJUIFile.net you can also call the Department of Labor and Workforce Development at (732) 761-2020.

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