Recently released New Jersey jobs data show a loss of 11,400 jobs in December 2017. Although job numbers rose for 2017 overall, the increase wasn’t anything to write home about; it came to 22,900. Unemployment in the Garden State at the end of last year was 5 percent, which was above the total for the previous year (4.7 percent).
The number of people employed in non-farm jobs in the state at the end of December was 4,166,400. Included in that figure were 406,600 jobs in “goods producing,” 249,200 in manufacturing, and 156,100 in construction. The big job numbers were in education, health, and social assistance services (705,000), government (620,300), and the leisure and hospitality industry (369,800). Jobs in mining and logging? 1,300.