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Can I apply for unemployment benefits?

Last Updated: 02/17/2023

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.

Unfortunately, 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.

To learn how to apply for unemployment insurance and to see if you are eligible, see this step-by-step guide or the Frequently Asked Questions During the Coronavirus Emergency for NJ Workers.

To see if you are eligible for New Jersey's Temporary Disability Insurance, Earned Sick Leave, and Family Leave Insurance programs visit

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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.