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October 23, 2017

Preliminary data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics for September shows that New Jersey lost a total of 6,300 jobs in the public and private sector. The September unemployment rate climbed to 4.7 percent, up from 4.5 percent in August — according to BLS estimates.

September job gains were posted in two of nine major private-industry sectors: education and health services (+4,200) and professional and business services (+800).The sectors reporting a dip in employment are leisure and hospitality (-5,500); trade, transportation and utilities (-2,400); information (-1,400); financial activities (-800); construction (-400); manufacturing (-200), and other services (-200).

Over the month, public-sector employment dropped by 400 jobs.

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