Filling positions for summer jobs has helped New Jersey’s economy – adding more than 17,600 workers to companies’ payrolls in May.
Governor Chris Christie said the recent growth in seasonal jobs, as well as more positions added at the state’s new Revel casino and hotel which opened in April, supports his “Jersey Comeback” initiative, aimed at helping the state to raise spending while reducing income tax by 10 percent over three years.
People who’ve not been looking for jobs for months, and some of them years, are now entering the labor force to try and find jobs. They believe the New Jersey Comeback is under way. We’re back on track, Christie noted.
Summer job hiring by local and state governments helped account for a majority of the 4,700 public sector jobs created in New Jersey last month, which is more than a quarter of all new positions created in May.
However, despite the improving job picture, the state did see declines across some industries, including the financial, construction and manufacturing sectors.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seasonal jobs include positions in ground maintenance, recreation, agriculture, tourism and photography.