STATEWIDE - Help could soon be available for city residents and workers who are out of work as a direct result of the COVID-19 emergency.

In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy detailed actions that are being taken in efforts to assist workers whose place of employment has closed or whose hours have been cut. Those workers will “in all likelihood” be eligible to receive either full or partial unemployment insurance.

Among the measures, federal government assistance is being requested to ensure that every unemployment insurance application is properly handled.

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A proposed bill creating a temporary “lost wage” unemployment program was also passed by the Assembly,

City residents whose job has been directly impacted are asked to visit nj.gov/labor for comprehensive information from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

For business owners seeking assistance, the state is working alongside the U.S. Small Business Administration to ensure that financial relief can be made available as quickly and efficiently as possible. This includes the creation of a state business assistance program, which could be available as soon as next week.