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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Every State

Phone numbers, websites for all 50 state employment agencies, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico

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People wait in line for help with unemployment benefits in Las Vegas.

En español | The flood of job losses tied to the coronavirus outbreak has affected workers scrambling to apply for unemployment benefits, many for the first time. Every state is different, but typically you have to apply for benefits through the labor department or unemployment agency in the state where you worked, not where you live. Be prepared to provide basic information, such as the address of your employer and the dates you worked there.

Here is the contact information, including websites and phone numbers, for filing unemployment claims in every state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many states are reporting unusually high call volumes to their unemployment hotlines, so your claim may be processed faster if you apply online.

  • North New Jersey: 201-601-4100
  • Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020
  • South New Jersey: 856-507-2340
  • Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code)
  • New Jersey relay: 711