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Unemployment Applications Drop for Second Straight Week

Benefits Paid to NJ Workers Top $13.7B in 5 Months

The number of new unemployment applications fell another 17% last week – to 13,822 – the lowest weekly total of new claims in five months, as the state paid out another $516 million in weekly benefits to eligible claimants.

The week ending Aug. 8 marked the second consecutive double-digit decline in weekly unemployment applications. Last week, 16,573 people applied for benefits, a 41% drop from the prior week.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put $13.7 billion into the pockets of unemployed and underemployed workers since the economic effects of COVID-19 began being feltwith an average benefit of $11,500 per claimant.

The total amount of benefits paid out to date includes nearly $8.3 billion in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), the $600 weekly supplement that recently expiredThough federal law prohibits the state from continuing to offer the benefit, New Jersey continues to issue payments for eligible weeks from April 4 through July 25.

“It’s a relief to see initial unemployment claims decline for two consecutive weeks But with hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans still out of work, or being called back only partiallyour workforce needs continued, sustained economic relief,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. We are doing everything we can to make sure every person in need receives every benefit they qualify for.”

The number of New Jersey workers claiming extended state unemployment benefits rose to 13,986, with the weekly payment surpassing $6 million. Up to 20 weeks of extended benefits kicks in for eligible claimants when all other federal and state benefits have been exhausted. 

The weekly totals of new unemployment claims are:    

Week   

New Unemployment Claims   

March 15-21   

155,815   

March 22-28   

206,253   

March 29-April 4   

214,836   

April 5-11   

141,420   

April 12-18   

140,139   

April 19-25   

71,996   

April 26-May 2   

88,326   

May 3-9   

69,689   

May 10-16   

42,365   

May 17-23   

34,410   

May 24-30   

26,752   

May 31-June 6  

23,166  

June 7-13  

26,392  

June 14-20  

33,004  

June 21-27  

27,965  

June 28-July 4  

47,391 

July 5-11 

38,150 

July 12-18

25,804 

July 19-25

28,063

July 26-Aug.1

16,573

Aug. 2-8

13,822*

Total   

1,472,331

Below is the weekly breakdown of payments (in millions):    

Week Paid  

NJ UI   

FPUC    

PUA    

PEUC  

EB 

March 15-21   

 $47.4    

NA   

NA   

NA  

NA 

March 22-28   

 $57.9    

NA   

NA   

NA  

NA 

March 29-April 3   

 $89.8    

NA   

NA   

NA  

NA 

April 4-11   

$140.7    

$154.8   

NA   

NA  

NA 

April 12-18   

$179.7    

$238.8   

NA   

NA  

NA 

April 19-25   

$211.1    

$296.3   

NA   

NA  

NA 

April 26-May 2   

$171.7    

$291.1   

$27.1   

NA  

NA 

May 3-9   

$244.7    

$502.4   

$51.6   

NA  

NA 

May 10-16   

$239.7   

$414.0   

$55.6   

NA  

NA 

May 17-23   

$236.2   

$596.9   

$112.3   

NA  

NA 

May 24-30   

$242.7   

$553.5   

$87.7   

NA  

NA 

May 31-June 6  

$255.5  

$635.2  

$56.6  

$56.6  

NA 

June 7-13  

$244.5  

$573.8  

$60.7  

$46.5  

NA 

June 14-20  

$248.9  

$626.1  

$86.6  

$37.4  

NA 

June 21-27  

$240.4  

$559.7  

$73.5  

$31.7  

NA 

June 28-July 4  

$202.9  

$536.1  

$71.7  

$31.8  

NA 

July 5-11 

$208.5 

$521.3 

$69.1 

$24.4 

$2.2 

July 12-18

$209.3

$524.5

$65.2

$22.7

$3.9

July 19-25

$197.7

$526.2

$77.0

$25.7

$4.8

July 26-Aug. 1

$192.1

$513.5

$74.7

$33.7

$6.5

Aug. 2-8

$202.6

$200.8

$86.1

$20.0

$6.2

Total   

$4064. 

$8,265.

$1,055.5  

$330.5  

$23.6

NA: Benefit not applicable during the indicated weeks.   

FPUC, PUA and PEUC are federal programs authorized by Congress under the CARES Act. PUA provides benefits through the end of the year to self-employed workers, independent contractors and those who do not have enough recent earnings to qualify for regular unemployment benefits, as well as those unable to work due to COVID-19. The maximum eligibility is 46 weeks, including extended benefits. PEUC provides 13 weeks of federal benefits for those who have exhausted 26 weeks of state unemployment. State extended benefits automatically offers an additional 20 weeks of assistance once PEUC ends.

*This represents the final number for the week ended Aug. 8. The number listed for NJ by US Department of Labor – 12,992 – is based on advanced reporting.   

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