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I lost my job. Where can I get help?

Losing your job can be overwhelming and stressful, but you are not alone. As a result of COVID-19, many New Jerseyans are facing economic insecurity at this time, and are stressed about paying bills and putting food on the table. We are here to help. This page will help you connect to benefits and resources you need while you are trying to safely get back to work, as well as some tips for coping with the stress of losing a job.

  • Unemployment Insurance

    Learn more about the State of New Jersey's Unemployment Insurance program, and apply for benefits.

  • COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal

    Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community.

  • New Jersey Career Network

    With NJCN, job seekers can learn new job search skills through personalized activities, track job application progress, and elevate their job search through in-platform practice lessons.

  • NJDOL Benefits Eligibility Tool

    Understand what benefit programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Benefits and Services

    Learn more about the benefits and services offered by the State of New New Jersey that can help you during these difficult times.

  • NJ Helps Benefits Eligibility Tool

    NJ Helps will help you find out if you are eligible for food and cash assistance or health insurance.

  • NJ Mental Health Cares Hotline

    For emotional support to deal with stress, anxiety and depression, you can speak with a behavioral care specialist.

  • NJ Hopeline - 24/7 Suicide Prevention Hotline

    If you are having suicidal thoughts or need someone to talk to, specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

  • Work as a Contact Tracer

    Learn more about how you can work as a contact tracer and help save lives.

Additional Information

  • If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?

    Last Updated: 05/05/2020
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this general 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 f...
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  • What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?

    Last Updated: 09/08/2020
    Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance progr...
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  • Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/26/2020
    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 copin...
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  • How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/18/2020
    New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insuranc...
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  • What resources are available for immigrants in New Jersey during the coronavirus outbreak? What information is there about enforcement of immigration policy?

    Last Updated: 09/02/2020
    Health Care Coverage and Resources No one in New Jersey should hesitate to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Testing for COVID-19-related services will not be at a...
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  • How can I get testing or treatment for COVID-19 if I'm uninsured or undocumented? How do I cover health costs associated with COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/25/2020
    COVID-19 testing and treatment is available to everyone in New Jersey regardless of their insurance or immigration status. Below you will find resources for free testing and treatment as well as ho...
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  • If I'm still being paid by my employer during the COVID-19 outbreak, should I apply for benefits?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    Please do not apply for benefits if you continue to be paid by your employer during COVID-19. Source: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml
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  • If I'm a business that urgently needs workers, or if I'm a worker looking for a job, where can I go?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Job Seekers 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 ti...
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