The U.S. saw an average weekly wage growth of 2.6% during the third quarter of 2015 but in 44 of 342 U.S. counties with at least 75,000 jobs there was a 4% increase according to the Labor Department. Wall Street Journal staffer Eric Morath takes a look at these pockets of the country where growth exceeded - in some cases far exceeded - the rest of the nation.

Morath notes that this disparity among counties show how uneven the recovery has been. Look at Rockland County, N.Y. for example:

Rockland County, N.Y., had by far the largest wage gain, up 24.9% in the third quarter of 2015 from a year earlier. Those gains were led by a leap in manufacturing pay for the county northwest of New York City. Employment in the county grew 2.6%.

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