Newly released data shows New Jersey's unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in January as more people in the state found work and more looked for jobs.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 4.26 million residents had jobs in January. That figure is within 30,000 of employment in 2008, the high before the full effect of the Great Recession.
The data also revised the number of job gains the state saw in 2013 and 2014, showing the state added nearly 76,000 jobs in that time. Previous reports pegged job growth for those two years at a total of 48,000.
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In January, the job growth was largely in the construction and service sectors and in transportation, trade and utilities.
Professional and business services suffered job losses.