New Jersey’s unemployment rate ticked up by 0.1 percent in January, putting it level with the national rate of 4 percent. That’s according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, employers added to their payrolls. There were job gains in leisure and hospitality (+8,100); professional and business services (+7,900); education and health services (+3,500); construction (+1,900); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,500); and information (+700). But job losses were recorded in January in other services (-1,500), financial activities (-1,300), and manufacturing (-900). Government employment was lower by 2,100 over the month.
The state’s employment rolls are far healthier than at the height of the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate here peaked at 9.8 percent; that was in November 2009 when close to 500,000 New Jerseyans were unemployed. By January this year, that number had been reduced to 175,637.