N.J. gains 5K jobs in December, but some sectors shrink

New Jersey’s private sector added nearly 5,000 jobs in December, according to new report.

Roseland-based human resources giant ADP released its regular monthly Regional Employment Report on Wednesday, finding New Jersey added 4,900 private sector jobs in December 2017, up from 2,600 in November.

Much of the growth came from the service industries — the state added 5,200 service jobs while losing 300 goods-producing jobs, following national trends.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the service sector is projected to account for the most job growth between 2014 and 2024, an estimated 9.3 million jobs. In particular, the bureau predicts that the health care and social assistance sectors will have the steepest job growth.

Jobs labeled “professional and business services” grew by 1,800 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities grew by 1,300 jobs. Mining and construction jobs declined by 200, and manufacturing went down by 100 jobs.