Commas causing issue in $ value String to Float conversion

I’m trying to convert dollar amounts from a text file to a stored numeric type (therefore ‘String’ to float,BigDecimal,etc)

Problem is that some of the strings include commas: 1,270.00, 22,835.22, etc and return a “java.lang.NumberFormatException:” when trying to be converted.

String GrossEarnings = null;

GrossEarnings = br.readLine();

float GE = Float.parseFloat(GrossEarnings);



String GrossEarnings = null;

GrossEarnings = br.readLine();

BigDecimal GE = new BigDecimal(GrossEarnings);

Is there a way to convert a String of numbers with commas to a numeric type? Or do the commas have to be removed?