Labor Department officials are set to release New Jersey’s unemployment figures for August today.
The state’s jobless rate in July was the highest in 35 years, 9.8 percent.
The increase followed two months of strong private-sector job growth. The state was adding private-sector jobs in May and June, but the unemployment rate still rose as more people looked for work.
New Jersey’s unemployment rate has been at or above 9 percent for 38 months in a row.