Since New Jersey went into lockdown in March to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the state has been dealing with the grim economic consequences, many of which are regularly conveyed in statistics from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Just the latest is that last week alone, the department disbursed $825 million in state and federal income replacement benefits. Also last week, the DOL received 38,150 initial unemployment applications. That brings to nearly 1.4 million the initial claims for unemployment benefits that have been made in the Garden State since mid-March. Since the start of the pandemic, the department has issued $10.7 billion in benefits to unemployed and underemployed New Jersey workers.