How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in New Jersey?

New Jersey defines an employer as having paid a minimum of $1,000 in wages during any year.

In order to qualify for unemployment insurance in New Jersey, you must have worked during a minimum of 20 weeks within the entire base period. During those 20 weeks, you must have earned at least $168 per week, totaling a minimum of $3,360 base period earnings.

OR

You must have earned a minimum of $8,400 within the entire base period.

New Jersey offers alternate base periods for those who fail to qualify under the regular base period.

There are two possible ABP. If you still fail to qualify under the first ABP, then the second one will be applied to your claim to see if it will then qualify.

The first alternate base period considers the last four completed calendar quarters (instead of the first four).

The second alternate base period considers the last three completed calendar quarters as well as any wages earned in the weeks of the quarter in which the unemployment insurance claim is filed to the date of discharge.

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