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Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

Last Updated: 09/29/2021

Note: If your job was impacted by Hurricane Ida or if you live in an affected disaster area, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more here.

If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips for coping with the stress of losing a job.

Those who meet the requirements for traditional unemployment insurance may receive benefits for up to 26 weeks during a one-year period.

Federally extended unemployment benefits, which expanded unemployment benefits to cover a variety of COVID-19 scenarios, expired on September 4, 2021. If you have a new unemployment claim, and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits, there are no additional unemployment benefits for you at this time.

Please note that you will still be able to receive benefits for weeks prior to September 4, 2021, if you are found eligible, for claims you filed before September 4, 2021. Learn more about extended unemployment benefits here.

To see if you may be eligible for New Jersey's Unemployment Insurance, Temporary Disability Insurance, Earned Sick Leave, and Family Leave Insurance programs visit nj.gov/labor/covidbenefits.

NOTE: NJ Earned Sick Leave and emergency federal paid sick/childcare leave are paid by your employer directly. Unemployment, Temporary Disability and Family Leave benefits require an application to the State of NJ. You cannot receive pay or benefits from more than one program/law at the same time. Individuals should apply for the program that best fits their situation as applying for the wrong one could cause delays.

Federal Expanded Unemployment Insurance

Federal expanded unemployment insurance benefits expired Saturday, September 4, including:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provided unemployment benefits to self-employed workers, independent contractors and others who are not typically eligible for benefits
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which extended unemployment payments to those who already exhausted regular unemployment benefits
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which added a weekly supplemental payment to regular unemployment

Federal extended unemployment benefits expired on September 4, 2021. Claimants will still be able to receive benefits for weeks prior to September 4 2021, if found eligible for a claim filed before September 4, 2021. Learn more about state extended unemployment benefits here.

Additional Information on Benefits

For information and instructions on applying for unemployment assistance, see NJDOL's step-by-step guide.

For the most up-to-date information on New Jersey unemployment insurance benefits, please visit myunemployment.nj.gov.

For more information on Unemployment Insurance, see Frequently Asked Questions During the Coronavirus Emergency for NJ Workers or visit nj.gov/labor.

The NJ Department of Labor's Workforce Division has been assisting job seekers virtually and by telephone throughout the pandemic. Those seeking career services are encouraged to visit careerservices.nj.gov for help with their job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, education and training, and other specialized career services.

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