Another 17,023 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment last week, marking an increase from the number of new claims filed ever week since Nov. 7.
The new figures bring the total number of unemployment received by the state since mid-March to 1.84 million
This week’s figures represent a 27% increase from those received during the thanksgiving weekend, though that’s lower than the 32% increase seen nationally.
At the same time, additional unemployment benefits cleared by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act are set to sunset on Dec. 26.
“We know how much this is going to hurt New Jersey families just after the holidays, so we remain hopeful new federal legislation will be enacted to provide much-needed relief to our state’s workers and small businesses without delay,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said.
The additional $230 million the state paid in jobless benefits last week bring its total payout to $19.8 billion.