Gov. Chris Christie says the month of May for New Jersey was the best month of job growth in more than seven years, with 25 percent of the jobs created in the country created in the Garden State.
The governor says employers in New Jersey added 17,600 jobs in May.
“It’s another sign of how optimistic people are in this state,” Christie said during a Thursday press conference.
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Even with the job gains, WHYY’s Phil Gregory reports the state’s unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a point last month to 9.2 percent.
The May job numbers announcement comes after a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday found 50 percent of registered voters surveyed felt favorably toward Christie, up four percentage points from a poll conduceted in March.
According to the poll, just over half of the respondents felt New Jersey was headed in the right direction, while 40 percent felt the state was on wrong track.