In July, Hunterdon County had the lowest unemployment rate, 3.7 percent, in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. jobless rate is 4.6 percent.
Besides Hunterdon, New Jersey had the next four counties with the lowest unemployment rates: Morris (3.8 percent), Somerset (4.0 percent), Bergen (4.1 percent), and Monmouth ( 4.2 percent).
According to the bureau’s Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli, 17 of the 25 counties in the metropolitan area had jobless rates at or below the U.S. average. Rates in 18 of those counties declined over the past year, with the largest declines occurring in New Jersey.