New Jersey saw another 140,139 unemployment claims filed this week, as the number of weekly payments increased to 556,000 — a 560% jump from a year ago.
More than 858,000 workers have filed for unemployment since March 15, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
The department has distributed $1 billion in unemployment benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March.
For the second week in a row, the number of new weekly claims hovered around 140,000 after two weeks in which the weekly volume of claims topped 200,000. The first full week of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new claims rose more than 1,600%, to nearly 156,000 the week of March 15.
Last year at this time, New Jersey had just over 84,000 workers collecting unemployment.