Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Almost 21,000 jobs disappeared in New Jersey in January, compared with the same month one year earlier. Month-to-month job losses were also high — with 13,000 positions eliminated.
Many of the newly unemployed were government workers, but there were also thousands of layoffs in business services, which includes accountants, architects and lawyers.
Despite all the job losses, unemployment held steady in New Jersey in January, at 9.1 percent, just above the U.S. average of 9 percent (in February the U.S. jobless rate dipped to 8.9 percent.)