Employment rose in New Jersey last month, with 11,800 jobs added, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; the April job gains were across most sectors. The state’s unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points over the month to 3.9 percent. (The national unemployment rate in April was 3.6 percent.)
Total nonfarm wage and salary employment in the Garden State came to a seasonally adjusted 4,204,300. That represented a gain of 56,300 jobs from April 2018.
The April employment gains were in professional and business services (+4,500), leisure and hospitality (+4,100), education and health services (+1,800), other services (+1,500), manufacturing (+1,100), trade, transportation and utilities (+500), and the information industry (+200). Job losses were recorded in financial activities (-2,300) and construction (-400). Public sector employment was higher by 900 over the month, with small gains at the state (+600) and local (+400) levels.