N.J. labor commissioner predicts upswing in employment

    New Jersey’s new labor commissioner, Hal Wirths, says he thinks the job market is rebounding.

    New Jersey’s new labor commissioner says he thinks the job market is rebounding.

    Moments after swearing in Hal Wirths as a cabinet member, Governor Christie said the former furniture store owner and Sussex County Freeholder has what it takes to help spur economic growth and get people back to work in the private sector.

    “He’s been someone who has created jobs over the course of his private-sector career,” said Christie, “and someone who has also handled, along with his freeholder colleagues, very, very frugal budgets in Sussex County. So he understands how to stretch government money and make it work the right way for the people.”

    Wirths says he is cautiously optimistic New Jersey’s economic outlook is improving, with unemployment in the state now below the national average.

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