Gov. Chris Christie announced New Jersey added 17,600 jobs in May – the largest single month of job gains in the past seven years and 25 percent of all the jobs created across the nation in the last month.
“The New Jersey comeback is very much a reality,” the governor said at a press conference in the Statehouse. The gains were attributed to expansions in the seasonal workforce and hiring at Revel , the new Atlantic City casino.
Since February 2010, the governor said, 84,900 private sector jobs were created in New Jersey and “2012 is on pace to be stronger than we predicted.”
In his remarks, the governor acknowledged the one-tenth of a point uptick in the unemployment rate to 9.2 percent. But again, he said it can be a positive sign because it shows more people are re-entering the workforce, indicating they are optimistic that jobs can be found.