March 18, 2015 | Number of The Day
New Jersey inches toward average national unemployment rate, which was 5.7 percent in January

New Jersey’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

That inches it closer to the national unemployment rate of 5.7 percent. A year ago, New Jersey’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.

New Jersey’s 6.3 percent unemployment rate is still higher than its neighbors. New York’s is 5.8 percent and Pennsylvania’s is 5.1 percent. But the Christie administration boasted of the high number of jobs added in just one month — 12,400 — which was among the biggest gain nationally. Most of those jobs (11,800) were in the private sector.