Archive for Tag: unemployment

Hiding unemployment data, Murphy administration continuously lacks transparency

TRENTON, N.J. –  The state Department of Labor’s last press release concerning unemployment claims data was May 13. Since then, the department has been selectively tweeting the information every Thursday, except for yesterday. Replies were never very kind as people complained about how they couldn’t get the help they...

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Bramnick: Reopen unemployment offices now

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is almost reopened with a glaring exception: unemployment and career service offices. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for the immediate reopening of the offices with extended hours to resolve outstanding unemployment claims and match people out of work with available job opportunities. “Thousands...

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Hiding in plain sight, Murphy suppresses bad job numbers

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey did not release weekly unemployment claims last week for the first time since the unemployment skyrocketed at the beginning of the pandemic. Every Thursday the state Labor Department puts out a press release on weekly unemployment claims and how much recipients have been paid...

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Dunn introduces resolution requiring Labor Department to provide in-person unemployment services

TRENTON, N.J. – With Covid-19 vaccination numbers increasing, coronavirus cases decreasing and indoor capacity restrictions set to be lifted on May 19, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn introduced a resolution urging the governor to reopen all Labor Department facilities to in-person services. Labor Department offices and one-stop career centers have been...

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Assemblywoman investigates ‘broken’ unemployment system at shuttered state career center

TRENTON, N.J. – It is not just that New Jersey’s unemployment offices have been closed for almost a full year, it is that the system had been hobbling along long before the crisis hit. That is what Assemblywoman Aura Dunn discovered Thursday when she was let inside the shuttered...

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Families at risk of losing Earned Income Tax Credit, GOP lawmakers propose solution

TRENTON, N.J. – Taxpayers that have lower earned income this year could be receiving a lower tax credit from the federal government, and consequentially from state government, because of economic shutdowns resulting from the pandemic response. Assemblymen Brian Bergen, Hal Wirths and John Catalano want to make sure working...

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Shore lawmakers urge Murphy to reopen state

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson issued a joint statement urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen businesses. “We need to start reopening more businesses and services in New Jersey. The number of deaths, new cases and hospitalizations from Covid-19 are thankfully decreasing....

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Review and replace the unemployment system, says DePhillips

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher P. DePhillips will introduce a resolution urging Gov. Phil Murphy to require the state Labor Department to make recommendations within two weeks on how to replace the state’s decades-old computer system that is struggling to handle the flood of insurances claims. “It is unacceptable...

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Rooney calls for replacing DOL commissioner after weeks-long unemployment backlog

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney is calling on Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo to resign if he can’t fix the unemployment backlog. Rooney has heard complaints for weeks from frustrated constituents about delays, backlogs and a generally unresponsive unemployment system. “Fixing the current systemic problems with unemployment clearly...

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Wirths points to soaring unemployment in effort to rethink economic shutdown

ALLAMUCHY, N.J. – As unemployment claims continue to mount by hundreds of thousands and economists warn that mandatory stay-at-home orders are pushing the economy into depression territory, Assemblyman Hal Wirths says it’s time for lawmakers to rethink the strategies in place. “On one-hand a lot of lives have been...

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