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Weekly unemployment claims rise by 12.5%

By Nikita Biryukov, September 10 2020 12:59 pm

New Jersey’s unemployment claims ticked up last week.

The state on Thursday reported 22,703 new unemployment claims, a 12.5% increase from the 20,176 claims reported the prior week.

The State Department of Labor paid out roughly $299 million in unemployment benefits in the week ending Sept. 5.

“Our teams have persisted through overwhelming demand to get nearly $15 billion in benefits into the hands of our state’s workers and families, but we know this battle is far from won,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “The pandemic has forced us all to endure tremendous challenges that extend even beyond employment hardships, and we’re doing everything in our power to bring relief to our workers.”

Roughly 1.6 million New Jerseyans have filed unemployment claims since the Gov. Phil Murphy first initiated a state lockdown in March. Of those, 1.36 million met requirements to receive benefits, which on average were worth $11,439. Almost all, 96%, of eligible claimants have received some payment.

A $300 weekly supplemental unemployment program approved by FEMA is not expected to be online for another few weeks.

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