NJ Unemployment Reaches 10.1 Percent

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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NJ Unemployment Reaches 10.1 Percent

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RICHMOND, CA - JULY 17: A job seeker reads a book as he waits to use a phone at the Richmond Works One Stop Career Center July 17, 2009 in Richmond, California. California's unemployment rate reached 11.6 percent after 66,500 Californians became unemployed in June. The record unemployment rate is up 7.1 percent from one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Unemployment in New Jersey climbed to a 33-year high of 10.1 percent in December.
    
That's the first time since October 2006 that the Garden State's jobless rate eclipsed the national average of 10 percent.

     Total employment in New Jersey fell to 3,910,400 in December, with losses in both the public and private sectors.
    
Officials also announced Wednesday that November's employment was revised higher, resulting in a loss of 8,300 jobs.
    
The state Labor Department says manufacturing, construction and financial activities recorded the largest over-the-month private sector job losses.
    
Gains occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, and information industry sectors.
    
Public sector employment was down by 1,200 over the month before.

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