A little more than 140,000 New Jerseyans filed unemployment claims last week as the COVID-19 crisis continued to hammer the state’s economy.
More than 858,000 workers have filed unemployment claims since a mid-march claims surge shattered previous unemployment records.
“Our top priority has always been to get benefits into the wallets of everyone who deserves them as quickly as possible,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “We are working diligently on getting federal benefits to independent contractors, freelancers and self-employed workers whose incomes have dried up due to COVID-19, and continuing to reduce the number of claims requiring an agent review, so we can pay those workers quickly without running afoul of U.S. Department of Labor requirements.”
At this time last year, a little more than 84,000 workers were collecting unemployment.
Weekly payouts have also skyrocketed.
Last week, the department payed out nearly $180 million, bringing the total paid from March 2 to April 17 to about $604 million.