Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs has yet to drive the same kind of increase in actual hiring.
While New Jersey's economy has seen improvement in recent months, the state's unemployment rate continues to trail the nation. In May, the state added 12,200 jobs, but the unemployment rate held steady at 6.5 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent for the month of May.
Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But even with the modest increase, the total number of people collecting jobless aid -- pulled down steadily for months -- fell to near 15-year lows.