April 16, 2021 | Number of The Day
March 2021 jobs gained in New Jersey

Preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that total nonfarm wage and salary employment in New Jersey increased in March by 20,800 to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 3,897,300. The state has now recovered 384,900 jobs, or about 54% of those lost in March and April 2020 due to the pandemic. New Jersey’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point in March to 7.7%.

Gains were concentrated in the private sector (+20,000): leisure and hospitality (+5,700); education and health services (+4,200); construction (+3,800); trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,300); manufacturing (+2,100); information (+800), financial (+400) and professional and business services (+200). The only private-sector segment to record a loss for March was other services (-500). Over the month, public-sector employment increased by 800 jobs.