From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey lost more than 7,000 jobs in June with the biggest employment loss posted in the construction industry, according to new labor data released on Thursday.
The state’s unemployment rate, which is measured by a different survey, fell last month to 6.1 percent, its lowest level since October 2008. That’s down from 6.5 percent in May but still above the national rate of 5.3 percent.
A total of 7,400 jobs were lost in June, the data shows, including 5,700 private sector positions.
The construction industry took the biggest hit last month, with a job loss of 4,600, according to the federal data released by the state labor department. Education and health services lost 3,000 jobs in June and 2,700 jobs were eliminated in professional and business services.
The sectors that saw job growth in June include leisure and hospitality, which added 2,000 jobs. The information sector also added 1,900 jobs and manufacturing added 1,600 jobs.
June’s job losses follow a month where the state gained roughly 10,000 jobs. New Jersey has now added 41,600 jobs in total since last June.