The number of private-sector jobs in New Jersey keeps inching up, with the most recent report from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development saying 3,300 jobs were added in September, and August numbers were revised upward by 1,500. All told, private-sector employers have added 54,200 jobs since September 2015.
The business sectors that saw gains this month were: professional and business services (+8,800); education and health services (+4,500); manufacturing (+1,600); trade, transportation and utilities (+800); and information (+700). Losers included leisure and hospitality (-8,100), other services (-4,100), construction (-600), and financial activities (-400).
The unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent.