Hiring struggles are a sign that the labor shortage wasn’t temporary.
It could last for as long as a decade as employers scramble to fill jobs left vacant by retiring baby boomers.
And it leaves younger workers squarely in the driver’s seat.
New Jersey continued its strong job growth in September 2021, adding 21,500 jobs — 11,900 in the private sector and 9,600 in the public sector, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.
New Jersey has recovered 68% of the jobs it lost when the pandemic first hit in March and April of 2020.
The unemployment rate ticked down to 7.1% from 7.2% as more workers reported they were actively searching for jobs, the report found.
These days, workers can be choosy.