From the Star Ledger:
N.J. unemployment exceeds 1.9 million filings since March. $300 payments hit bank accounts next week.
More than 1.9 million unemployment claims have filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, and new claims are starting to climb again, the Department of Labor announced Thursday.
Nearly 21,000 new claims were filed for the week ending Jan. 2, an increase of 2.6% from the previous week’s 20,460 filings, the department said. Claims have been spiking since November, largely due to the holiday season and stormy weather, and have risen for five weeks straight, according to the Labor Department.
Nearly $20.7 billion have been distributed in benefits since mid-March, when the Department of Labor received a huge flood of unemployment claims as businesses were forced to close in response to the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The average claimant has received more than $14,000 in benefits.