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The New Jersey economy is inching ahead. Wages are not.

Much of the state has slowly crawled out of the economic basement since the depths of the Great Recession, growing at a rate of about 1 percent a year. While trailing national gains, New Jersey did add 274,000 jobs from its low ebb in 2010 and 2011 to 2017.

Some northern and central counties have picked up the most steam, namely Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean and Somerset counties, where employment has risen at least 13 percent from 2010 through 2017. Job numbers also are up in most other counties in the state, with Atlantic and Warren counties standing out as exceptions.

Wages, however, are another story.

After accounting for inflation, the average weekly wage in New Jersey has gone pretty much nowhere. It increased by a mere $12, or 1 percent, from $1,219 in 2010 to $1,231 in 2017.

At the county level in New Jersey, the weekly pay dropped in 15 counties, gaining in only six.

Nationally, worker's wallets weren't exactly spilling over with newfound riches. But the average weekly pay did rise 5.4 percent during those years, from $1,011 to $1,065.

Looked at another way, the average worker made $185 more in New Jersey in 2010 than throughout the United States (in non-adjusted dollars). By 2017, the gap was down to $166.

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