About 27,000 people sought unemployment benefits last week, a 10% increase compared with the week before, New Jersey’s Labor Department said Thursday.
It was the second week in a row the jobless claims rose.
Labor officials have said the spiking claims stem from the coronavirus outbreak, though last week’s increase was due to the increase in people applying for a federal benefit to help workers not eligible for regular unemployment.
Since the outbreak first struck in March, 1.6 million workers sought jobless benefits, according to the department.
New Jersey’s unemployment rate for August, the latest month available, was 10.9%.