Business Report: Capacity limits, objecting to restrictions, new unemployment claims

More than 10,000 New Jersey residents filed first-time unemployment claims in the most recent week

As indoor-capacity limits are expanding in New Jersey, some business owners and lawmakers say they’re not enough and are coming too late for many. At a virtual meeting held by the New Jersey Business Council, leaders faulted the state for not providing clear and consistent guidance, and questioned the thought process behind setting capacity limits.

Republican state lawmakers held what they called an independent hearing to discuss how the Murphy administration’s policies have impacted the economy. A parade of business leaders testified that the state’s restrictions have hurt or closed their businesses. Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (Monmouth) says the administration needs to take a more holistic approach to business restrictions.

More than 10,000 New Jersey residents filed first-time unemployment claims in the most recent week. That’s a 4.4% increase, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and comes after four consecutive weeks of declines.

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