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Fond farewell to drag racing at Rrrrraceway Park by @stevestrunsky. No where can you gun your Monte Carlo to 250mph?  http://s.nj.com/YqzIKWb 
Rising minimum wage in NYC also appears to be driving wages higher in general: Average hourly earnings in city ended 2017 at $35.55, up more than $1.50 over the year, Average weekly wage now over $1,200 a week, or more than $62k/year.
Retail job picture in NYC is a different story. Clothing stores shed 4,000 jobs in 2017., a drop of nearly 5%. Given fast-food gains, this appears to be about collapse of brick-and-mortar retailing, not rising minimum wage.
Despite rising minimum wage, fast-food employment in NYC is going strong: Up 4,900 jobs in 2017, or 5.2%. Nearly 100k jobs in fast food in the city now.
NJ lost 11,700 jobs in December, reducing job gain for the full year to 22,900. That's an annual gain of less than 1%. But NJ's unemployment rate ticked down to 5% in December, from 5.1% in November.
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