- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s unemployment rate dipped three-tenths in November to 5.3 percent, fueled by what the state Labor Department said was the strongest private sector growth in 15 years.

The preliminary data released Thursday show private sector employers added 8,000 jobs last month, bringing the total so far for 2015 to 55,100.

The state says the number of residents reporting to have jobs reached a historic level for the third time this year, 4,300,900 in November.

Four of the nine major industry sectors that showed employment gains in November included education and health services, construction, professional and business services, and trade, transportation and utilities.

Job losses were reported in leisure and hospitality, other services, information, manufacturing and financial activities.

The public sector recorded a loss of 100 jobs.

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