Employers in New Jersey added to their payrolls in January 2020 — with 17,800 jobs (in total nonfarm employment). That brought to 4,196,900 the state’s total employment number. The gains were all in the private sector (+19,900), according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job numbers were up 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). Job losses were recorded in other services (-1,500), financial activities (-1,300), and manufacturing (-900). Government employment was down by 2,100 over the month.
Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly by 0.1%. That brought it to 4%, matching it with the national rate.