As of 2014, an individual who wants to claim unemployment benefits in New Jersey must have earned $7,300 over a specific one-year period. As an alternative, one must have earned $145 per week in at least separate 20 weeks over the previous one year.
New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development is responsible for administering the state's unemployment insurance program. The department provides guidance on how earnings from recent employment are tallied to establish qualification for unemployment benefits. As of 2014, the full year of work that ends at least three months prior to the claim date is called the base year or the period where the minimum earnings threshold must be met. Alternative methods of qualifying are available for employees who do not qualify under the primary base year method.