- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials say New Jersey’s unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent in June, its lowest level in more than five years.

The report released Thursday by the state Labor Department and based on data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points in June.

The state’s private sector added 9,600 workers to payrolls last month. The report also finds that private sector job growth was larger in May than first reported. Revised numbers show 2,900 private sector jobs were created in May.

The public sector shed 1,400 jobs in June.

New Jersey’s unemployment rate remains higher than the 6.1 percent national average.

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