The jobs picture in New Jersey is not improving — if anything it is getting worse. Preliminary employment figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show New Jersey with a 9.5 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, the highest since last June. Unemployment in the state has been steadily inching up every month since January, when it was 9.1 percent.
This compares with a national average of 9.2 percent and unfavorably contrasts with our neighboring states: New York (8.0 percent), Pennsylvania (7.6 percent) and Delaware (8.0 percent). Despite this, other states have an even more serious problem than New Jersey. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country (12.4 percent), with California not far behind (11.8 percent).