More than 60,000 jobs were gained in New Jersey last month. The state Department of Labor & Workforce Development reports 42,600 jobs gained in the private sector and 17,600 in the public sector. In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 6.7%; the national rate was 7.9%. However, a DOL press release noted that that drop “was due to workers leaving the labor force altogether and not to gains in employment.” According to the DOL, about 56% of the jobs lost due to the coronavirus pandemic — and the shutdown measures taken to counter it — have been regained.
The specifics of where jobs were lost and gained in September are: leisure and hospitality (+18,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,700), professional and business services (+4,900), education and health services (+3,800), other services (+2,900), construction (+2,500), financial activities (+1,300), and manufacturing (+800), information (-100). And, in the public sector (+17,600).