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February 15, 2012

It's been three years since the federal government started disbursing funds for its economic stimulus package, which is now winding down, and each New Jerseyan has received an average of $1,315 in federal dollars during that time, according to ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in New York.

That about was the third-lowest in the country, ahead of Florida ($1,247) and Texas ($1,296). Alaska's $4,098 was the highest, other than the District of Columbia's $8,357.

ProPublica has created a "Recovery Tracker" that breaks down the spending by project and county, and compares it with local unemployment rates. In New Jersey there is a wide variance of per capita spending, with some counties such as Somerset and Sussex only enjoying modest sums of about $350, while others, such as Essex and Cape May, receiving much more robust funding. To see what the stimulus spending was in your county and to learn about the specific projects, see ProPublica's New Jersey Recovery Tracker.

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