NJ unemployment claims climb 32%, breaking previous record

New Jersey’s jobless claims jumped 32% last week to 206,000, which breaks a record set the week before.

News 12 Staff

Apr 9, 2020, 7:40 PM

Updated 1,468 days ago

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(AP) - New Jersey’s jobless claims jumped 32% last week to 206,000, which breaks a record set the week before.
The state Labor Department said Thursday the spike in claims reflects the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the state’s economy. The hardest-hit workers were from the food service industry, followed by those at doctors’ and dentists’ offices. Administrative workers were also hit hard.
A $600 supplemental unemployment benefit for workers that stems from the federal relief bill is set to begin for laid-off workers next week. It will be issued separately from regular jobless payments.
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