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Introduction to Unemployment Insurance


Unemployment benefits are a safety net for those who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. They offer financial support to thousands of New Jersey’s unemployed, and they are absolutely crucial in preserving stability during difficult economic times.  If you are unemployed, it is very important that you stay on top of your unemployment claim. Read every notice, handbook, letter, or decision that you receive from the New Jersey Department of Labor. If you have any questions, call LSNJLAWSM, Legal Services of New Jersey’s statewide, toll-free legal hotline, at 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529).

Remember, the timeframes for filing unemployment appeals are short (only 7 days from your receipt of a Notice of Determination for appeals to the Appeal Tribunal, and only 20 days from the mailing date of an Appeal Tribunal decision for appeals to the Board of Review), so you must act quickly to file your appeal!

The unemployment information provided in this website focuses exclusively on the appeals process. For information on filing a claim for unemployment benefits, calculating your weekly benefit rate, federal and state unemployment extensions, claiming your weekly benefits, and other unemployment-related matters, please see the New Jersey Department of Labor’s website.  ​​​​