TRENTON, NJ-It turns out the New Jersey labor market was stronger last year than previously believed, according to revised state employment numbers released today.

The state added 59,100 private-sector jobs and 7,300 government jobs in 2012, according to a report by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released today.

The revised annual employment report indicated a 38% increase in new jobs as compared to a previously released estimate.

“The revised numbers provide further confirmation that New Jersey’s labor market has been strengthening,” says Charles Steindel, chief economist for the New Jersey Department of Treasury. “What we saw as firm job growth is now shown to have been even higher.”

The industry with the largest job gain was professional and business services, which added 22,700 jobs. See story in The Record.