From the AP:
Holiday hiring helped drive a gain of 10,400 private sector jobs as New Jersey’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent in November.
The state Labor Department says preliminary estimates indicate total nonfarm wage and salary employment grew to 3,881,000.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector led the growth in five of the ten industry sectors that saw gains in November, with an increase of 9,900 jobs. Most of that reflects a gain of 7,800 in the retail trade component as merchants increased staff for the holiday shopping season.
Officials also revised October’s employment numbers up by 2,000 jobs.
From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey’s employment rose for the second month in a row in November, providing a shot of economic optimism with the addition of 10,300 jobs, although the unemployment rate remained steady, according to figures released Thursday.
The state added 10,400 private sector jobs and lost 100 government jobs, according to the monthly employment report by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The unemployment rate of 9.1 percent was unchanged from October, and remains higher than the national rate of 8.6 percent.
The report also revised upwards the October jobs figures, from the previously announced figure of 2,500 jobs created, to 4,500 created.
“New Jersey labor markets are closing the year with a bang,” said Joseph Seneca, a Rutgers University economist.
He said the figures show “acceleration,” and noted that the state has added 41,800 private sector jobs in 2011.
“With only one month to go New Jersey is sure to record the largest annual gain in private sector employment in more than a decade,” he said.