“We’ve gone from 9.3 (percent) two months ago to 8.7,” said state labor commissioner Harold Wirths. “That’s the steepest drop since 1977.”
State labor commissioner Harold Wirths isn’t ready to go as far as his counterparts some other states who have criticized how the Bureau of Labor Statistics is calculating the unemployment rate.
“On Labor Day, the most important thing for labor is to protect themselves,” said Steve Sweeney, president of the New Jersey state senate.
The latest jobless numbers in the Garden State present what could best be called a mixed message.