Pandemic relief for Garden State workers approaches $ 28 billion
TRENTON – New Jersey saw a slight increase in new jobless claims from the previous week, with the number of pandemic-related benefits sent to Garden State workers approaching $ 27.7 billion.
For the week ending April 30, a total of 14,073 * new requests were received, compared to 12,322 for the week ending April 24. In the same week of April 2020, NJDOL offices received around 90,000 initial requests as the pandemic tightened.
The average benefit per claimant now exceeds $ 18,200. Since last March, the state has received 2,151,684 ** claims for unemployment benefits, including more than 263,741 claims that have been reopened, meaning the claimant is seeking benefits after a period of return to work over the course of a year.
Here are the weekly totals of new jobless claims:
Here’s the breakdown of weekly benefits paid to qualifying New Jersey workers:
The American rescue plan signed on March 11 extends unemployment assistance in the event of a pandemic (PUA), emergency unemployment compensation in the event of a pandemic (PEUC) and federal unemployment compensation in the event of a pandemic ( FPUC) – the $ 300 supplement – to eligible applicants for 25 weeks, until September 4.
Maximum PUA eligibility is now 75 weeks. PEUC now offers up to 49 weeks of additional benefits to those who exhaust 26 weeks of unemployment in the state. Extended Benefits (EB) add 13 weeks. The $ 300 FPUC supplement is intended for anyone affected by unemployment, regardless of the amount, during eligible weeks. There is also a provision in the new bailout law that excludes the first $ 10,200 of unemployment benefits from having to be reported as income on federal taxes for households earning less than $ 150,000 / year.
For more information on federal or state unemployment benefits, visit myunemployment.nj.gov.
You can find information on virtual career services here: nj.gov/labor/career-services.
Visit the New Jersey Jobs Portal here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov.
For national unemployment data, visit https://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf. For archived data on NJ claims, visit https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/DataDashboard.asp.
* This represents the final number for the week ending April 30. The number given for New Jersey by the US Department of Labor – 13,537– is based on advanced reports.
** The number of initial new claims includes 263,741 claims that were reopened by residents who returned to unemployment after a period of employment during a calendar year, as well as claims that were found to be fraudulent.
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