If you are wondering what happens once your regular unemployment benefits run out in New Jersey, the answer is extended unemployment benefits. Extended unemployment benefits allow you to continue receiving your benefits while you look for a new job. Basic qualifications for extended benefits are the same as for regular benefits. However, your regular benefits must run out by a certain date in order for the extended benefits to begin. That is why the application process is automated in New Jersey.
Run out of regular benefits. To do this, you have to file your weekly benefit claims until you have exhausted the benefit amount you were initially awarded.
Wait for your notice of eligibility to arrive by mail from the New Jersey Department of Labor. The notice will come to you automatically and will let you know if you are eligible for an extension and the monetary amount you will get for your extended benefits. You do not have to apply -- it is done automatically for you.
Complete your biweekly unemployment claim forms for each week that you remain unemployed on your extended benefits. You can complete the paper form, the online form or file the claim over the phone. The paper form has the phone number and web addresses to use if you don't want to use the paper form. This is the same claim form that you completed when you were getting regular benefits. Just like with the regular benefits, you are required to look for work each week and to accept a job if one is offered to you in your normal field. At any time the New Jersey Department of Labor can ask for a log of the jobs you have been applying for as part of the requirements for your unemployment benefits.