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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