Unemployment rate remains flat for Feb.

TRENTON – The state’s unemployment rate remained at 9 percent, despite adding 8,700 jobs in February, according to the state Labor and Workforce Development Department.

While 9,700 jobs were added in the private sector, the public sector cut 1,000 jobs, the department said. It wasn’t immediately known what types of jobs were cut in the public sector.

The data released Thursday also showed revised job numbers for January, in which 8,800 jobs were created, about 4,500 jobs less than the 13,300 jobs that preliminary estimates showed last month.

Industries that added jobs in February included professional and business services (+3,700), leisure and hospitality (+3,100), and education and health services (+2,500).  The gain in professional and business services occurred entirely in the professional, scientific and technical services component, LWD said. Both components of leisure and hospitality — arts, entertainment, and recreation (+1,200) and accommodations and food services (+1,900) — recorded gains while all of the advance in education and health services was in the health and social assistance segment (+3,300). Smaller gains were registered in financial activities (+1,300), and construction (+1,300).

The sectors that saw job cuts last month include manufacturing (-1,300), information (-800) and other services (-100). The loss in manufacturing was a result of job loss in the durable goods component (-1,500).

Treasury Department officials said employment growth remains a work in progress.

“Over the last six months, New Jersey’s job growth has kept pace with the nation’s.  And while we still have work to do to restore full health to our labor market, we are making real progress on that road,” said department Chief Economist Charles Steindel.

Unemployment rate remains flat for Feb.