At times during the past year it seemed as if there would be no letup in the rate at which New Jerseyans were being pitched out of work. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit New Jersey in March 2020, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development has provided unemployment benefits at record levels — $23.8 billion in answer to a record 2 million-plus new jobless claims.
The numbers mask the individual pain involved, but the latest news from the labor department brings a chink in the clouds: New unemployment claims in the state declined last week to 10,384, their lowest level in 52 weeks. For the week ending Feb. 27, New Jersey recorded 392 fewer new unemployment filings compared with the previous week, a 3.5% decrease; this was the third straight week of declines.
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