New Jersey adds jobs, but unemployment doesn’t budge

New Jersey has more jobs for the third straight month, but the unemployment rate is unchanged.

Employers in the Garden State added 14,000 jobs in April, most of them in the private sector.

The state Treasury Department’s chief economist Charles Steindel says the job growth was broad based.

“Retailing saw nice improvements as did leisure and hospitality,” said Steindel.  “Manufacturing of course was a concern as was construction. We actually saw a few construction jobs added this month. Getting several thousand manufacturing jobs back although it’s just a start is very welcome.” 

Steindel says most of the cuts in government jobs in New Jersey are over and expects public sector employment to remain stable.

The Garden State’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 9.3 percent as some out of work residents started searching for a job again.

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