Unemployment Claims Now Top 1M in New Jersey Since Start of Pandemic

By Katherine Landergan, POLITICO

05/07/2020

 

Another 87,540 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment last week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning, pushing the total number of jobless claims in the state to more than 1 million since the coronavirus pandemic began seven weeks ago.

 

As the number of claims has mounted, many New Jersey filers have complained they’ve been waiting for weeks to receive their unemployment checks. The state has scrambled to expand its ability to process claims, adding phone lines, training more workers and more.

 

The state Labor Department will have an updated figure on jobless claims later today that will likely be slightly higher than what the feds are reporting.

 

Before the most recent numbers were released today, more than 930,000 New Jerseyans had filed jobless claims since mid-March. Nearly 72,000 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment during the week ending April 25.