Preliminary Data Show The State Added 14,300 Jobs In May

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – For the fourth consecutive month, New Jersey’s jobless rate has dropped.

The state Labor Department said Thursday that unemployment stood at 8.6 percent in May, a tenth of a percentage point lower than a month earlier.

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Preliminary data show the state added 14,300 jobs.

Job gains in April, however, were not as good as first estimated.

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The Labor Department says more complete data show New Jersey added only 900 nonfarm jobs in April, not 3,300 as had been initially calculated.

Despite a drop in the unemployment rate for four straight months, the state’s jobless figure stands 1 percentage point higher than the national average. However, that represents an improvement. The state rate had been running closer to 2 percentage points higher than the U.S. average.

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