UNION COUNTY, NJ - For the second year in a row, Union County experienced one of the highest wage increases of any large County in America, ranking within the top 20 nationally, and second highest in the state of New Jersey.

Union County realized a 4.5 percent average weekly wage percent increase from 2013-2014, marking the second year in a row of high gains. From 2012-2013, Union County averaged a 5.2 percent increase,  making it fourth highest among the nation’s most populous counties. 

Atlantic County was the only other County with a higher wage increase, but economists of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics attributed it to a five percent increase in that County’s unemployment rate last year—the largest in the America.

“Our investments in Union County’s workforce as a whole are assisting our residents to enjoy the higher wage increases as the economy has improved,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh.  “The County has worked to foster a climate that encourages employment growth, productivity and sustainability.”