The nation is marking a second Labor Day amid the COVID-19 health crisis. In New Jersey, employment numbers are still well below pre-pandemic levels.
The holiday also coincides with the expiration of three federal programs for unemployment insurance benefits, including the extended $300 a week in aid. Many small business owners hope that will push workers back into the labor market. But a new report from New Jersey Policy Perspective points out it means hundreds of thousands of residents in the state are now without the extra help, and suggests the state’s economic recovery is uneven at best.
Vineeta Kapahi, author of the report and a senior policy analyst at NJPP, discusses her findings.