New Jersey ends 2015 with 64,500 new jobs

New Jersey’s economy added 64,500 jobs in 2015, making it what the state Labor Department calls the strongest year of private sector job growth in 15 years.

Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows the state’s private sector employers added 12,500 jobs and the unemployment rate ticked down to 5.1 percent in December. That’s down from last month’s newly revised rate of 5.4 percent.

The state Labor Department says that since the recessionary low point of February 2010, New Jersey’s private sector has added 233,500 jobs.

Six of the nine major industries, including business services and transportation, posted job gains in December. The public sector added 800 jobs.

The news comes as Republican Gov. Chris Christie runs for the GOP presidential nomination.

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