New Jersey adds 10,400 private sector jobs; unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent

TRENTON – Seasonal jobs helped create 10,400 positions in November, but state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent, according to Labor Department data released Thursday.

however, revised numbers for the October job reports report show that there were 2,000 more jobs created than initially  reported, bringing that month’s total up to 6,700 jobs.

The private sector continued to lose jobs, shedding another 100 last month.

Since January, the private sector has added 51,700 jobs.

“November’s brisk pace of hiring shows that New Jersey’s employers have shaken off the effects of the unusual weather of the past few months and anticipate increased consumer spending,” said Treasury Department economist Charles Steindel. “It is also a positive sign for the state’s economy that October’s previously announced employment gains have been revised upward, and that more residents are actively seeking employment.”

Last month, several industries saw big job gains thanks to seasonal jobs, which include transportation, (+9,900), retail (+7,800 jobs) financial activities (+1,700), and leisure and hospitality (+1,700).  Other smaller gains took place in professional and business services (+800) and information (+400).

Not every industry was so lucky. Job losses occurred in education and health services (-1,700), manufacturing (-1,400), other services (-800) and construction (-200). The decline in education and health services was due to a loss in the health care and social assistance segment, while the drop in manufacturing was recorded in both the durable (-800) and nondurable (-600) components. Over the month, public sector employment was lower by 100 with reductions at the state (-900) and federal (-400) government levels offset by a gain of 1,200 in local government. It wasn’t immediately known why the local public sector job growth took place.

New Jersey adds 10,400 private sector jobs; unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent