Business Report: Good jobs market report, NJ poll workers get raise, at-home COVID-19 test

New Jersey-based ADP says private companies hired at a healthy pace in September, adding 568,000 new jobs

The latest report card on the job market looks good. New Jersey-based ADP says private companies hired at a healthy pace in September, adding 568,000 new jobs. That number was higher than forecasts. About 40% of the new jobs came from hiring at bars, restaurants and hotels. We’ll get the federal government’s monthly jobs report later this week.

With staffing shortages a problem, the state wants to make sure it has enough poll workers for the upcoming election, so it’s giving those workers a raise. Murphy signed an executive order increasing pay for poll workers by $100 to $300 on Election Day. Workers will also get an hourly increase during the early voting period.

Another at-home COVID-19 test has been approved for sale, which could help ease the current shortage of rapid tests. The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to a test made by ACON Laboratories, which could potentially double at-home testing capacity in the next few weeks. The Flowflex COVID-19 test provides results in about 15 minutes and it’s going to be sold over the counter. The company didn’t say how much the test will cost. ACON plans to produce more than 100 million tests per month, with the amount to be doubled next year.

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