New labor figures released

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly earnings of all full-time workers in the United States is $695.00 per week. In New Jersey, the maximum rate of temporary disability for 2008 is $742.00 per week.

We have blogged before on this topic (here and here)- the way the Feds and the State calculate ‘average weekly wage’ is different with the net effect that the NJ State Temporary Total disability rates are artificially high.

How high? Well the state of New Jersey just released figures showing a state average weekly wage of of $1,031.28. (Figures released August 22, 2008).

Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC and dedicates his practice to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers' compensation claims. Greg is the author of a popular series of "Handbooks" on workers' compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016-2019 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or