Fourth Quarter 2019: New Jersey Wealth Index
The RegentAtlantic New Jersey Wealth Index (RANJWI) is a proprietary index that measures the health of the wealth in New Jersey. RegentAtlantic developed the index which is based on four major components: Employment, Home Values, Personal Income, and Stock Performance. It can range from 0 to 100, with values above 50 indicating that the State has experienced an above average environment for wealth creation.
The RANJWI’s value for the Fourth Quarter of 2019 is 52. That indicates that the environment in the State has been about average for wealth creation. The strongest driver of wealth in New Jersey has been a robust jobs market – NJ is approaching 4.2 million employed workers, a new all time record. NJ has added jobs in recent years at 1.15% per year – that’s the fastest pace since 2002 and has helped to bring the state unemployment rate down to 3.2%, below the national average. To keep this trend strong the Garden State will need to attract businesses to put down roots in our state.
The weakest link in NJ wealth creation has been the performance of the stocks of NJ companies. One of NJ’s biggest industries is pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and in recent years two companies have seen their stock values depreciate. New Jersey’s largest company by market cap is Johnson and Johnson, which has faced a tough twelve months as a result of groups of lawsuits from consumers and local governments on two fronts – one in response to baby powder which may have contained asbestos and the other tied to J&J’s role in the nation’s opioid crisis. In spite of the troubles at J&J, NJ stocks overall are hitting new highs along with the broader stock market, but volatility at J&J has kept those gains smaller than the nation as a whole.
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Source for the data for the Employment, Housing, Personal Income and NJ Stock Performance Scores: Bloomberg