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66 percent

September 26, 2011

About 66 percent of New Jerseyans above the age of 16 are considered to be in the labor force, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The survey says that while 33.4 percent of residents are not in the labor force, it considers only 10.8 percent unemployed. (The official unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, but that accounts for only those wage earners who are collecting unemployment and looking for work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics actually counts fewer people unemployed, 422,000, than does the Census Bureau.)

The survey says that a total of 54.5 percent of New Jersey women are employed. When it comes to parents working, 63 percent of those with children under 6 years of age have all parents in the labor force; 72 percent of parents with children between the ages of 6 and 17 have all parents working.

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