NJ Unemployment Rate Inches Up in June

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    In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, photo, job seekers line up to speak with a State Dept. employee about job opportunities in the federal government during a job fair in Boston. market. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose just 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, March, 21, 2013. Over the past four weeks, the average number of applications has dropped by 7,500 to 339,750. That�s the lowest since February 2008, just three months into the recession. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    New Jersey's unemployment rate has increased slightly, ending a run of four consecutive months of improvement.

    The state Labor Department announced Thursday that the unemployment rate for June was 8.7 percent, one-tenth of a point higher than in May.

    Officials say the higher rate came largely as more people looked for jobs, including new college graduates.

    The department, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, says New Jersey added 4,600 non-farm jobs in June.

    Data from May were also revised to show more job growth in that month than previously reported.

    The national unemployment rate for June was 7.6 percent.

     

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