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New Jersey job growth slows in September

NEW JERSEY – Preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that total nonfarm wage and salary employment in New Jersey continued to grow through September, but at a slower pace.

New Jersey’s job report shows that nonfarm employment increased by 3,800 in September, reaching a seasonally adjusted level of 4,239,600. So far in 2022, New Jersey employers have added nearly 123,000 jobs, and nearly 195,000 over the past 12 months. Specifically, in September, public sector employment grew by 8,200 jobs, while private sector employment declined by 4,400.

The unemployment rate fell by 0.7 percentage points to 3.3 percent in September as many previously unemployed residents found new employment while others left the labor force.

Revisions to previously released August nonfarm employment estimates show an increase of 10,000 jobs compared with July; preliminary estimates had shown an increase of 15,400. August’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.0 percent.

In September, four out of nine major private industry sectors recorded job growth. Sectors that recorded employment increases were other services (+1,600), leisure and hospitality (+500), information (+300), and manufacturing (+100). Construction (-2,700), professional and business services (-2,700), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,500) recorded losses, while educational and health services as well as financial activities recorded no change. Month-over-month, the state’s public sector increased by 8,200 jobs due to gains recorded at the local level (+7,400).

Preliminary BLS data for October will be released on November 17.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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