NJ job growth last year was biggest since 2000

March 25, 2013

By: Michael L. Diamond | March 18, 2013 | Asbury Park Press

New Jersey’s economy added 66,400 jobs in 2012 and ended the year with an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, the government reported Monday.

It started 2013 with job growth that was more modest. The report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is part of annual process that it calls benchmarking, providing a more accurate look at the labor market than the preliminary results it releases each month.

The report this year is likely to attract attention from job seekers wondering how easy it will be to find employment; economists wondering what impact superstorm Sandy had on the economy; and political pundits wondering how the figures will play in the November gubernatorial election.

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