New Jersey Unemployment Rate Jumps Slightly in Past Month as Residents Look for Work

By Anthony Covino

Sports Editor

The state’s unemployment rate tricked up a little in January. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in a report that details all the loose New Jersey’s job market has faced in 2020.

New Jersey added 900 jobs in January, reaching a total of 2,865,800 jobs according to federal data.

The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%, (the eighth highest in the nation). The rate rose up 0.2 percentage points as more residents are returning to the job market looking for work. 

Many job markets grew in January including leisure and hospitality which added 4,100 jobs, financial activities added 3,900, and education and health services added 1,900 as jobs were lost in the trade, transportation, and utilities which lost 7,100 with the information sector losing 1,400 jobs, and construction with 600 jobs lost. Government employment fell by 2,300 mostly at the local level, the bureau said. 

COVID-19 Numbers

Metro Residents2014
Florham Residents2723
Faculty & Staff1411

The following is the COVID-19 numbers from yesterday and today. There were 3,141 new positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with a total of 841,000 cases in New Jersey with 83,594 cases in Bergen County. 

Wed.  3/17/2021Tues. 3/16/2021
New Jersey841,000838,000
Bergen County84,59382,880

*Numbers according to Google Statistics.

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