60,800

March 24, 2017 | Number of The Day
Private-sector jobs added in New Jersey in 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest employment data yesterday, and Gov. Chris Christie was quick to crow about some of the numbers: New Jersey added 12,300 private-sector jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent, below the national rate of 4.7 percent. All told, private-sector job growth for calendar-year 2016 was 60,800, according to the BLS, the largest single-year gain since 2000.