State: 1,304 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed; jobless rate reaches record 15.3% in April

Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials discuss the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2020, 2:41 PM

Updated 1,423 days ago

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State officials say New Jersey's unemployment rate climbed to 15.3% in April, up from 3.8% the previous month.
The state Labor Department said more than 750,000 jobs were lost because of the COVID-19 outbreak, which led Gov. Phil Murphy to order businesses to close and residents to stay home to avoid spreading the virus.
So far, more than 10,000 people have died in New Jersey from the virus since March.
For most, the virus causes mild to moderate symptoms, but older adults and people with existing health issues are at a higher risk for severe illness or death.
The statewide total number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey now stands at 151,472 cases, after Gov. Phil Murphy just announced 1,304 new cases. The governor also announced 98 additional deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 10,843.
AP Wire Services was used in this report. 
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