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In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, photo, a carpenter works on the siding of a new townhouse at a construction site in Houston. On Monday, April 18, 2016, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its April index of builder sentiment. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, photo, a carpenter works on the siding of a new townhouse at a construction site in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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Why are NJ contractors hurting for skilled construction workers?

As construction accelerates, shortages of skilled trades workers have become more and more apparent.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 08: A 'now hiring' sign is posted outside of a Ross Dress for Less store on July 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California. According to the the U.S. Labor Department, employment growth surged with 287,000 added jobs in June. The unemployment rate inched up to 4.9% from 4.7% with an estimated 400,000 people returning to the workforce, many who had given up on job searches. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The NJ industries that lost or gained the most workers in July

New Jersey's unemployment rate increased for the fifth month in a row in July to 5.2 percent. But the news was not all bad.

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Ocean County job fair offers job-interview outfits for those in need

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey has a 35 percent success rate in helping people gain employment through this event.

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Bill aims to speed up NJ’s unemployment benefits process

Too many people are waiting too long to get their unemployment insurance benefits according to State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Trenton).

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NJ’s jobless rate lowest since Christie took office

New Jersey has still not recovered all of the jobs lost during the great recession, but the latest figures released Thursday by the Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development revealed the state is moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. The state added almost 5,000 jobs in September cutting the unemployment rate to its lowest level since Gov. Chris Christie first took office after being elected in November of 2009.

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Unemployment Rate Falls

July was a good month for hiring in New Jersey, although the pace of hiring is still slower.

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Job Fair Held For Veterans At New York's Lexington Avenue Armory
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NJ Veterans Post Highest Jobless Rate [AUDIO]

The unemployment rate among veterans was higher last year in New Jersey than any other state.

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Federal Reserve Says Economic Recovery "Frustratingly Slow" [AUDIO]

Expansion, but “frustratingly slow expansion” in the next two years.  So says the Federal Reserve in deciding to put off any new action to spur the economy.

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