New Jersey’s unemployment rate remains at 9 percent, but 87 hundred new non-farm jobs were created last month– the 6th month in a row the figure has gone up.

Jersey Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths says no one is happy the unemployment rate remains at 9 percent, but “the private sector is continually growing…it’s the trend that we want and very good news for the state of New Jersey.”

He also points out there has been a gain of 74 thousand, 500 jobs in the Garden state since February of 2010 – the low point of private sector employment during the recession.

Several sectors of the economy in Jersey are growing, including professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, education and health services.

The national unemployment rate is currently at 8-point-3 percent.