Wages went up in 14 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, while 12 counties reported increases in the number of jobs year-over-year, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor for the last quarter of 2018 – which stretches September to December.
Mercer County’s wages increased 7.1 percent, with an average monthly wage of $1,439, according to federal data. Behind Mercer was Essex County, with a 4.2 percent wage increase – or a $1,374 weekly wage.
Employment was highest in Bergen County where 457,000 people had jobs, followed by Middlesex County where 446,000 people were employed, and Essex County where 348,500 people were employed. The trio of counties made up 91 percent of the state’s employment, according to the data.
The Department of Labor defines large counties as those where at least 75,000 people are employed. There are 349 such counties across the country which make up 73.2 percent of the nation’s workforce, according to the DOL.