Employers in New Jersey added 14,000 jobs to their payrolls in April, the third straight monthly gain, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported today.
Virtually all of the new jobs - all but 600 - came from the private sector, notably trade/transportation/utilities, manufacturing, education/health services, and leisure/hospitality. Government added the rest of the total.
Even with the increase in jobs to a total of 3.86 million, the state's unemployment rate last month was unchanged from March at 9.3 percent. That happened because previously discouraged workers re-entered the labor force to look for work. They are counted as unemployed until they find jobs.