N.J. adding private-sector jobs, but jobless rate not dropping

The state continued adding jobs for the third month in a row, adding 14,000 private-sector jobs in April, but the unemployment rate remained the same at 9.3 percent, due to more “discouraged workers” looking for jobs again, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The state’s joblessness rate is still higher than the national unemployment rate of 9 percent, which also rose this month from last month’s figure of 8.8 percent.

“The private-sector job gain is extremely encouraging, with the fairly substantial increase showing that the recovery may be gaining a bit of momentum, and pickups in sectors such as manufacturing and retailing suggesting that a larger cross-section of the state’s economy is starting to benefit,” said Charles Steindel, Chief Economist for the New Jersey Department of Treasury, in a statement.

Trade transportation, and utilities industries saw 8,300 additional jobs in April, according to department figures. Retail added 4,200 jobs, wholesale trade added 1,800 and transportation and warehousing saw 2,300 more jobs.

Other industries that saw gains were manufacturing (+3,200), education and health services (+2,700), and leisure and hospitality (+2,700).

There were also 800 more construction jobs in April, according to the department.

There were some industries that saw job losses last month. They include information/telecommunications (-1,700 jobs), financial activities/real estate (-1,100), professional and business services (-1,000), and other services (-500).

The public sector also saw small bumps in employment, as local government added 700 jobs and the federal government added 100 occupations.

State government, however, lost 200 jobs.

  N.J. adding private-sector jobs, but jobless rate not dropping