From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey lost employers cut 14,000 private-sector jobs in May as the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent.
The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported a loss of about 13,000 jobs for the month. While private sector jobs went down by about 14,000, the state added 900 public-sector jobs.
The labor department boasted of steady, long-term job growth and record-low unemployment rates. At the end of May, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record, saying “The economy has gotten better every way you measure it. More people are working. Less people are unemployed.”
New Jersey’s jobless rate remains below the federal rate of 4.3 percent in May.
Employers in professional and business services slashed 9,000 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities cut 2,400; financial activities lost 1,400; education and health services lost 800; information lost 500; and leisure and hospitality lost 400.
Two industries added jobs, including 500 in manufacturing and 100 in construction.