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NJ gains back 68% of jobs lost during pandemic

The state added another 21,500 jobs to its workforce in September, marking a total of 488,100 positions that have been recovered since the worst of the COVID-19 recession in March and April last year, according to data gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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From left, Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli listens as incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, speaks during a gubernatorial debate at Rowan University's Pfleeger Concert Hall on Oct. 12, 2021, in Glassboro

What’s the plan?

By most accounts, last week’s debate between Gov. Phil Murphy and former Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli went as expected. Both candidates swung at each other over topics such as masking, COVID-19 vaccines, abortion and LGBT issues, and were frequently interrupted by applause or jeers from the audience. But the lack of policy details left many observers wondering just how the state would be run over the next four years.

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