Activity Report: COVID-19 Relief Fund, Pressure to Reopen Unemployment Offices, Increase in Unemployment Claims in NJ | Video
New Jersey now has over $ 6 billion in new federal funds. The money is New Jersey’s share in the latest round of COVID-19 relief funds. How this money is spent is a subject of debate. Ideas circulating include providing more aid to businesses and strengthening the state unemployment trust fund, which has been depleted due to the high number of workers forced into unemployment. over the past year.
A state senator introduced a bill requiring the immediate reopening of New Jersey’s one-stop career centers. Senator Kristin Corrado (R-Passaic) says the state’s unemployment system continues to fail thousands of people who cannot have their claims resolved over the phone or online. She says that with the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in place, there is no excuse for Governor Phil Murphy not to reopen those offices.
New jobless claims continue to rise in New Jersey. According to federal data, a preliminary report on the first jobless claims filed last week rose more than 30% in the state. The equivalent figure for the United States as a whole was a decrease of 7.6%.
The deadline is fast approaching for restaurants to apply for a grant program offered by the Small Business Administration. The SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund will stop accepting nominations on Monday. Funding of $ 6 billion has already been granted to 38,000 restaurants across the country.
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