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Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:14
Louisiana Climbs In Income Per Resident
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Louisiana PoliticsLouisiana has been depicted as unhealthy, under-educated, poor and struggling in many image-blemishing national reports.
But that’s balanced by a new statistic showing that last year, its average personal income per resident was up to $38,446, for a 26th ranking among the states.  Or just a little over $2,000 under the U.S. average of $40,584.

According to information from the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana’s $38,446 average reflects a 63% growth  from 2000-2010.
Louisiana joins other energy-rich states in advancing the most in the rankings through sign-on bonuses, leases, and increased production providing more taxes, jobs, personal income, and municipal assistance.
Of surrounding states, Texas ($39,493) was the only one topping Louisiana.  Average income in Arkansas was $33,150; in Oklahoma $36,421; and Mississippi $31,186.  Mississippi’s low ranking was attributed to the damage caused by the BP oil spill.
Enjoying the fastest rise in income per person, of course, was politician-populated Washington, D.C. at $71,044, earning the number one ranking.   Connecticut led the states with personal income of $56,001.
Virginia Robicheaux was a longtime reporter and columnist in Washington, D. C.  Phone: 797-8773

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