How to File an Unemployment Claim for a New Jersey Resident Working in New York City, New York

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It is not uncommon for a resident of one state to be employed in a neighboring state. New Jersey residents, for example, are frequently employed in New York because of the proximity and the increased job opportunities in New York city. When a New Jersey resident becomes unemployed, she may file her claim for unemployment with the state of New York if she has worked in New York for all, or part, of the past 18 months.

Things You'll Need

  • Social Security card
  • Drivers license
  • Employers' contact information
  • Last employer's registration number
  • Alien registration card, DD 214, SF8 or SF50

Gather the information you need to file your claim. All claimants need their Social Security number, driver's license or motor vehicle ID card, and the names and addresses of all employers for the last 18 months. Claimants also need the employer registration number or federal employer identification number, or EIN, for the most recent employer. If applicable, a claimant must have her alien registration number, SF8 and SF50 for federal employees, and most recent DD214 for military personnel.

Locate the New York State Department of Labor's unemployment benefits website.

Input your Social Security number and login to begin completing your application for unemployment insurance benefits. The application service is only available during certain times, so check the website before attempting to begin your application.

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