The state of New Jersey has been hit hard by recent events. The closure of non-essential businesses across the state has left hundreds of thousands of individuals without work, as unemployment claims reach unprecedented levels. Between April 5-11, some 141,120 unemployment claims were filed, 18.5 times more than the same period in 2019. The State Department of Labor released the data in mid-April, 2020. Between 2 March-10 April, New Jersey paid some $424.6 million in unemployment benefits.