Use the calculator to estimate your New Jersey weekly benefit amount (WBA) for unemployment compensation. The calculator was last updated in April 2020.
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Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.
The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.
Update (April 2020): The federal government temporarily increased unemployment benefits by an additional $600 per week per eligible recipient in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional amount is available in all US states/jurisdictions, although it may take some time for states to implement this increase. The calculator does not include this additional $600/week payment.
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New Jersey Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Instructions and Explanations
Date Claim Filed
Enter the date that you filed your claim (or will file your claim) for unemployment.
New Jersey will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your weekly benefit amount.
Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned
Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed, which are the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters. You must have earned at least $10,000 combined, unless you earned at least $200 each week for at least 20 weeks during the base period, to be eligible for benefits.
Your combined earnings will then be used to calculate your WBA.
If you do not qualify under the standard base period, you may be able to use the most recent four completed quarters as an alternate base period (with different earning minimum requirements).
Earned at least $200/week for 20+ weeks
Select whether or not you earned at least $200 each week for at least 20 weeks during the base period. Note, the $200/week is a minimum for each week, not an average.
If you did not earn a combined $10,000+ during the base period, you must have earned at least $200/week for 20+ weeks in order to be eligible for benefits.
# of Weeks Worked
Enter the number of weeks that you worked during the base period. Your weeks worked affects your estimated weekly benefit amount and maximum benefit amount.
# of Dependents
Select the number of dependents for whom you provided support, including an unemployed spouse (or civil union partner) as well as any unemployed, unmarried child under the age of 19 (or under the age of 22 if still in school).
New Jersey Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results
Estimated Weekly Benefit Rate (WBA)
The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your highest-earning quarter during the base period.
Your WBA is approximately 60% of the average weekly wage during the base period (for weeks that you worked).
You receive an additional 7% per week for your first dependent, and an additional 4% each per week for your second and third dependents. The maximum additional percentage from dependents is capped at 15%.
The maximum WBA, including the additional dependents percentage, is $713.
The calculator will return an estimated weekly benefit rate of $0, if it appears that you do not meet the eligibility requirements described above.
Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments, such as delinquent child support payments.
Estimated Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
Your estimated maximum benefits amount (MBA) is the total amount you can collect in unemployment insurance benefits over the course of a year. Your MBA is your WBA multiplied by your weeks worked during the base period. The formula caps weeks worked at 26 weeks.
Maximum # of Weeks
The maximum number of weeks for which you can receive your WBA is based on your weeks worked during the base period, and is capped at 26 weeks.
File a Claim in New Jersey
The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Insurance, the state government agency that helps New Jersey job seekers and workers.