Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Jobless Rate Ticks Up

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Jobless Rate Ticks Up

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New Jersey lost 6,800 jobs last month, increasing the state's unemployment rate to 4.9 percent, slightly higher than the national average, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

The May job losses were owed largely to a strike by Verizon workers, "which idled approximately 5,000 workers in the information sector," the labor department said.

"Like the national economic recovery, the New Jersey economic recovery is experiencing a slight pause. This is only temporary, however, and we have every reason to expect growth throughout the remainder of 2016," James Wooster, chief economist for the state Treasury Department, said in a statement.

The rise in unemployment follows a recent trend after Governor Christie celebrated recovery from the Great Recession. Christie boasted of the state's unemployment rate dropping to 4. …

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