From NJ Biz:
New Jersey added 12,600 total nonfarm jobs last month and saw its unemployment rate tick down slightly to 4.4 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development,
The report also presented revised numbers for January, increasing that month’s total nonfarm job growth by 1,300 positions, to a total of 15,900 jobs.
“The Garden State economy is steaming forward, with private-sector job growth well above 10,000 for the second month in a row,” said state Department of the Treasury chief economist James Wooster. “The unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent and is now well below the national rate of 4.7 percent. And, for yet another month, New Jersey’s private sector growth outpaced the national rate.”
In February, the vast majority of the added jobs came in the private sector, where industries such as manufacturing and construction saw the biggest gains.