New Jersey’s unemployment rate falls to 9.3 percent in February as state adds 13,000 jobs

March 28, 2013

Angela Delli Santi | March 28, 2013 | The Star-Ledger

TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey’s jobless rate dropped by two-tenths to 9.3 percent in February, according to preliminary figures released Thursday.

The state Labor Department reported that employers added 12,900 workers to their payrolls for the month. Higher employment levels were recorded in both the private and public sectors.

The state unemployment rate, however, remained well above the federal rate, which fell by one-tenth to 7.7 percent in February.

Adjusted figures show New Jersey’s unemployment rate has not been below 9 percent since May 2009, when Democrat Jon Corzine was governor and Republican Chris Christie was campaigning to unseat him.

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