New Jersey Unemployment Job Report: Jobs up in the Garden State
New Jersey unemployment rate jumped to 10.1% from 10.0% last week, the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.
The state unemployment rate was 7.6% as of Jan. 31.
The national unemployment rate is 6.3%.
The report comes amid a broader job market rebound in the state.
The number of jobs increased by 3,000 last month, the fastest pace in more than two years.
New Jersey is expected to have the third-largest private-sector job gain in the nation, after Florida and Florida State, according to the BLS.
The job growth came as unemployment in the Sunshine State dropped to 10% from 11.2%.
That job growth has led to a 2.2% drop in state unemployment, the lowest level in the country since February 2008.
Chris Christie said the latest figures showed New Jersey was on track to maintain the job growth it had enjoyed in the second half of 2015.
“I think that’s a testament to the economy, and I think that speaks to the confidence in the economy,” Christie said.
“We’re going to keep working hard and continue to be patient.”
The jobless rate dropped in all 50 states, the most of any state in the survey.
The jobs report is based on interviews conducted Jan. 26-29 among 3,921 adults ages 16 and older.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.