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Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

New jobless claims lowest since mid-March

By Nikita Biryukov, February 25 2021 2:11 pm

New jobless claims fell to their lowest point since mid-March last week, the New Jersey Department of Labor announced Thursday.

Another 10,776 new Jersey residents filed unemployment claims last week, a decline of about 7% from the previous week’s 11,563.

“As this pandemic continues to be felt by workers across the state, we have maximized our resources to serve those in need,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said. “Our Department has tripled the number of staff supporting unemployment, and we continue to hire new employees to meet the historic volume of long-term claims. As public servants, our only mission is to get the most money to the most eligible residents in the shortest amount of time.”

In that time, jobless New Jerseyans have received roughly $23.4 billion in unemployment aid, including $514 million disbursed last week.

Some of those benefits were made available through federal programs expire on March 13. Congress is negotiating a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package, but it’s not clear when such a measure will reach President Joe Biden’s desk

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