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.
The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.