NJ State Department of Labor: 24,000 residents file new unemployment claims

The New Jersey State Department of Labor saw a 25% increase in new unemployment claims this week.
More than 24,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the Garden State this week.
The number of workers seeking jobless benefits has now hit more than 1.6 million in the state since the pandemic caused businesses to close in the spring.
A total of $15.6 billion has been paid to workers in the state since mid-March.