New Jersey

Extended New Jersey Unemployment Benefits

There are two forms of unemployment benefits currently available to New Jersey residents: Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and High Extended Benefits (High EB). To qualify for either of these extended unemployment programs, you must have had unemployment eligibility in New Jersey or another state and you must have exhausted these initial unemployment benefits.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation

The EUC program for extended unemployment is set to expire on January 3, 2012. If you have never applied for EUC benefits, the last date that an EUC claim may be filed is December 25, 2011. You do not need to file a claim yourself; the Division of Unemployment Insurance will file a claim for you when your eligibility for unemployment benefits at the state level has been exhausted In order to qualify for EUC benefits, your initial unemployment claim must have been filed before May 7, 2006.

EUC works on a tiered system. Tier 1 provides either 20 weeks or 80% of your maximum benefit from your original unemployment, whichever is smallest. If you are still unemployed after you've exhausted your Tier 1 benefits, you will be eligible for unemployment benefits on Tier 2, which are less substantial than Tier 1 benefits. If you move through all four tiers of the program, you can receive a total of 53 additional weeks of benefits.

High Extended Benefits

To be eligible for High EB, you must have exhausted your Tier 2 benefits in EUC after March 15, 2009 or you must not be eligible to advance to another Tier of EUC benefits. High EB provides an additional 20 weeks of unemployment eligibility or 80% of your maximum benefit amount from your original claim, whichever amount is smaller.

Determining eligibility for unemployment benefits for EB is a more stringent process than the one used to determine if an individual is eligible for unemployment when they first apply for benefits. You must submit proof of your job search each time you certify for benefits and your submissions will be reviewed to verify that you are actively seeking employment.

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