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N.J.’s Vanished Public Jobs Squelching Recovery, Study Says

New Jersey’s economic recovery is hindered by the elimination of 61,200 local and state government jobs and Republican Governor Chris Christie’s spending cuts, according to a report issued today.

The 2011 average unemployment rate of 9.3 percent would have been 8 percent with those public positions untouched, according to the study by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a nonprofit that analyzes issues affecting residents with low-to-moderate incomes.