New Jersey added about 6,000 private-sector jobs in February, ADP reported, following an adjusted total of 3,400 jobs gained in January.
The Roseland-based payroll and human resources company said in its monthly Regional Employment Report that the Garden State added 3,900 services jobs and 2,000 goods-producing jobs for the month.
The natural resources/mining and construction industry led the way, with 2,000 job gains, while the professional and business services category added 1,800 jobs. On the downside, the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 600 positions.
New Jersey’s growth rate of 0.17 of a percent for the month lagged the gains in both neighboring New York, at 0.2 of a percent, and Pennsylvania, at 0.18 of a percent.
The report came just a few days after Gov. Chris Christie touted the state’s job growth in 2016, when it added 60,800 total jobs, based on federal statistics.