October 16, 2020 | Number of The Day
Percentage of jobs regained in NJ of those lost due to coronavirus pandemic

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).