Being dubbed the country’s most fiscally unfit state last year hasn’t dampened New Jersey’s appetite for hiring. Despite sky-high taxes and precarious budget deficits, New Jersey’s state and local governments are hiring new workers at double the national average rate.
Since 2000, new Census Bureau data shows that New Jersey’s payroll spending has increased by 38%, or $655 million, before pensions and benefits. The state work force grew by 14% over that period, while the population grew only 4%. Only California, Florida and Texas added more public-sector jobs, and each of those states saw their population growth climb higher than their public-job growth rates.