Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits Estimator

Earnings in the Regular Base Year

Use this calculator to estimate your potential weekly amount and potential maximum amount of unemployment benefits. You must provide your gross wages (before deduction) and the number of base weeks* you worked within your base year**. (Please Note: This calculator provides only an estimate of benefits. This is not considered a monetary determination for your claim. All claims must be filed and processed before any determination is made. Each claim is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and your eligibility for benefits is subject to New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law).


Regular Base Year Earnings

New Jersey unemployment claims are dated for the Sunday of the week in which the claim is filed.

Please select a date from which to base your claim.


Your base year will be: January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Your base year will be: January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Your base year will be: April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Your base year will be: April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Enter the total amount of gross wages (combine wages from multiple employers, if applicable) earned in covered employment*** during the selected base year period (do not enter dollar sign, commas or cents).

Enter the number of base weeks* you worked during the selected period (enter between 1-52).

*BASE WEEK- a week with earnings not less than 20 times the state hourly minimum wage (the current base week amount = $168).

** BASE YEAR- 52-week period on which a claim is based. A regular base year consists of the first four (4) of the last five (5) completed calendar quarters. If you do not have sufficient weeks and wages for a valid claim using the regular base year, an alternative base year may be used.

*** COVERED EMPLOYMENT- services performed by a worker for an employer subject to the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law, and not specified as employm ent excluded from coverage under the law.