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Multiple N.J. counties showing signs of employment, wage increases

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Wages grew in seven of the 15 largest counties in New Jersey over the year in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday.

The study found that of the increases, Union County represented the largest growth with 5.2 percent, while Morris County came in second with 5 percent gains.

Ocean and Bergen counties were the only counties in the Garden State to post increase above the national job growth rate average, showing an increase of 1.8 percent and 3.0 percent respectively.  However, employment did grow in 10 of the state’s largest 15 counties.

Eleven of the state’s large counties posted wages exceeding the national average of $1,000 a week, with wages in Morris and Somerset counties rising above $1,400. Seven of the state’s counties reported losses in 2013, with Ocean County declining by 1.8 percent and Bergen declining by 2.7 percent.

The counties with the greatest loss in employment were Passaic (-0.8 percent) and Atlantic (-0.9 percent).


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