New Jersey’s unemployment rate reached 9.8% in September, up from 9.6% in August, as officials estimate that the state lost roughly 12,700 nonfarm wage and salary employment positions.

The 9.8% jobless rate for New Jersey mirrors the national average. The state lost about 12,000 private-sector jobs last month and about 700 public sector positions, according to its  Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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