With 10,600 jobs added in June, New Jersey’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent; that’s below the national rate of 4.4 percent. Most of the jobs (10,200) were added in the private sector. Unfortunately, the leisure and hospitality industry — so vital to the state’s economy — lost 1,500 jobs in June. Education and health services also saw a loss of jobs (-400).
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary estimates, private-sector employers have added 51,900 jobs over the past year. The total number of private-sector jobs added in New Jersey since the Great Recession’s low point in February 2010 is 314,000.
The June job gains came in a number of sectors: construction (+4,200), other services (+2,200), trade, transportation and utilities (+1,900), professional and business services (+1,200), manufacturing (+1,000), financial activities (+1,000), and information (+600). Public-sector employment went up by 400.