Third Quarter 2017: 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 Third Quarter of 2017 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 surpassed 4.1 million employed workers earlier this year, an all-time high. NJ has added jobs at a pace of about 1.1% per year, faster than at any time since 2002.
The weakest link in NJ wealth creation is income growth. Adjusted for inflation, incomes for NJ residents have grown at a 1.5% rate for the past five years, a far cry from peaks hit in the late 1990s, when inflation adjusted income grew at rates in excess of 4% per year.
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Source for the data for the Employment, Housing, Personal Income and NJ Stock Performance Scores: Bloomberg
Trends to Watch:
- Employment in NJ has picked up considerably and stands at an all time high. Though unemployment is low at a 4.9% rate, NJ continues to lag on this metric versus the country at large. The unemployment rate for all states is 4.1%.
- Home prices in NJ have found support and begun to grow. The past twelve months saw home prices rise by 2.8%, still a far cry from the national average of 6.4% for the same period.
- Stocks of companies headquartered in NJ have delivered. The past five years show annualized returns of 13% for these companies, a boon to employees who receive stock based compensation.