After adding jobs for eight months in a row, New Jersey lost 6,400 jobs in March, state labor officials said Thursday. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.5 percent, remaining above the national rate of 5.5 percent.
New Jersey’s undocumented residents are paying $613 million a year in state and local taxes – a number that would increase significantly under the Obama administration’s executive actions and even more under comprehensive immigration reform.
The Department of Labor released its latest employment statistics today, and the numbers for March clearly show that New Jersey’s economy is still stuck in neutral, with a recovery that lags far behind the nation and our neighbors.
There are a lot of misconceptions about our neighbors who lack legal status, not least of which is that they don’t pay taxes.
In a state budget message filled with gloomy overtones, the proposed spending plan for health care and other services that help New Jerseyans make ends meet is a rare bright spot. But don’t be fooled.