BUSINESS & ECONOMY

New Jersey unemployment rate shrinks as state gains jobs in November

By Eric Strauss for NJBIZ

It was good news on the jobs front for New Jersey in November, as total employment grew and the state’s unemployment rate fell, according to preliminary date from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said in a news release Thursday that the state gained 6,700 jobs for the month, while the unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage point, to 6.4 percent. That is the lowest unemployment rate since October 2008, the state said.

The private sector was responsible for most of the gains, adding 6,300 jobs. The public sector gained 400 jobs.

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