From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.6 percent in June, up from 9.2 percent in May in the sharpest monthly increase since the 2009 recession, according to data released by the state labor department today.
The gap between New Jersey’s unemployment rate and the U.S. average — 8.2 percent — has now grown to its widest level in decades.
Even though 9,900 jobs were added in June — 7,600 by businesses and 2,300 in the public sector — the unemployment rate still rose for the third straight month as more and more residents began searching for work.
“In recent months, New Jersey employers have been adding jobs at rates not seen in years, and at a faster pace than the nation as a whole. If the job count keeps rising at this pace, unemployment will inevitably come down,” said Charles Steindel, chief economist at the state Treasury Department.