New Jersey gained 10,000 jobs in November, but not enough to lower the state's unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.
New Jersey's labor department says the majority of jobs gained, 9,300 in all, were in the private sector, which has now added jobs in five of the past six months.
The industries that posted some of the biggest job gains were construction, waste management, education and health services and financial services. Leisure and hospitality, an industry that includes hotels, restaurants, gambling venues and museums, lost jobs.
While lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, New Jersey's rate is higher than New York's, which currently stands at 8.3 percent. New York will report its November job figures and updated unemployment rate on Thursday.