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NJ unemployment rate falls to 9.3 pct for February



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Preliminary figures show New Jersey’s jobless rate dropped by two-tenths to 9.3 percent in February.

The state Labor Department reports Thursday that state employers added 12,900 workers to their payrolls for the month. Higher employment levels were recorded in both the private and public sectors.

The state’s unemployment rate, however, remains well above the federal rate of 7.7 percent.

The Christie administration’s chief economist, Charles Steindel, touted the jobs report as further evidence that jobs are being created in the state.

Job gains were posted in education and health services, information, leisure and hospitality, among other sectors.

January’s jobs numbers were revised downward to show a loss of 2,200 jobs from December to January.