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Job Gains In U.S. Led By New York, New Jersey After Sandy

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: A construction worker looks out at a flood damaged pier affected by Superstorm Sandy at South Street Seaport on December 3, 2012 in New York City. South Street Seaport, an area popular with tourists which was about to go through a major redevelopment, suffered severe damage from Hurricane Sandy. Most of the buildings and businesses, including the South Street Seaport Museum, suffered severe flooding and remained closed. According to a new Siena Research Institute poll | Getty Images

December’s increase in U.S. payrolls was led by New York and New Jersey as the states rebounded from the damage caused by superstorm Sandy.

Of the 27 states showing a boost in employment last month, New York was at the pack with a 35,100 gain in hiring, followed by New Jersey with 30,200, according to figures from the Labor Department today in Washington. The jobless rate fell in 22 states and rose in 16.

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