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New NJ jobless claims double over past week (access required)

For the week ending March 27, 19,475 claims were filed according to data released April 1. The surges were evident “across industry sectors,” and fueled in part by “a bump in claims from the self-employed,” reads a statement from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Biden nominates two to fill NJ district court vacancies (access required)

If confirmed, Julien Xavier Neals, county counsel and acting county administrator for Bergen County, and Judge Zahid Quraishi, a United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey since 2019, will fill two of the state’s six district court vacancies, second only to California’s and declared a “judicial emergency.”

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