Jersey’s Business: The Garden State’s Most Popular Industries

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(DGIwire) – How do the types of industries in New Jersey stack up against those in the rest of the nation? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reviewed data from 2015 to find out. Among the findings were that the Garden State had a higher percentage of transportation, chemical manufacturing, and retail food and clothing establishments than other states. These three divisions composed 13,297 New Jersey businesses in 2015, according to

The BLS found that some specific industries in the state had a disproportionate number of establishments, according to For example, toiletries-manufacturing businesses—such as soap and cosmetics makers—were more than three times as common in New Jersey as in the rest of the country. Overall, the Garden State ranked high in terms of numbers of office and administrative-support occupations, sales and related occupations, transportation and material moving occupations and education, training and library occupations. Meanwhile, according to the BLS website, New Jersey had a civilian labor force of 4,570,900 as of July 2016.

Overall, New Jersey businesses are doing well economically; despite an uncertain business climate, the Garden State still employed more than 3.3 million people who earned $2 billion in 2015, indicating the overall strength of business in the state, reports.

“While the Garden State is still facing the same economic challenges as the rest of the country, overall the state of business in New Jersey is robust,” says Adam Samples, Regional President, Staffing at Atrium Staffing in New Jersey. “Given its prime location in the northeast, the state has had no problem generating significant employment opportunities, yet the average time to fill a professional role continues to increase given the extremely low unemployment rates. ”

Atrium is a talent solutions firm focused on providing contingent workforce management services for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Employer of Record Payrolling, national Independent Contractor Engagement and specialty Intern Recruiting Services. With three office locations in the Garden State—Jersey City, Iselin and Little Falls—the company is well-placed to serve the staffing needs of local companies across various sectors.

“The future continues to look bright for New Jersey’s industries,” Samples adds. “Staffing the state’s companies with the most qualified workers will continue to be a priority in the months and years ahead.”