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Unemployment Insurance: New Jersey

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John Sarno, Employer's Association of New Jersey


  • Unemployment insurance is a program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. See Unemployment Compensation.
  • Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Unemployment Compensation.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • New Jersey has some unique eligibility criteria and claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements under the unemployment compensation law. See Recordkeeping; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • New Jersey offers the Shared Work Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Shared Work Program.