Personal Income Gain In State Outpaces Nation

Connecticut residents, though not necessarily the bulk of us, saw accelerating income growth in the first three months of 2014, outgaining the nation as a whole for only the second quarter since the start of 2013.

Personal income grew by 0.9 percent in the state in the winter quarter to an annual rate of $221.5 billion, placing Connecticut as the No. 16 state in growth, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Tuesday. The nation grew by 0.8 percent in the quarter, to an annual rate of $14.4 trillion.

Despite trailing the nation in recent quarters, Connecticut's lead in per-capita income remains secure, at $60,847 for 2013, the BEA reported previously. The No. 2 state was North Dakota at $57,084 on the strength of its oil boom, but that state was the biggest decliner in the first three months of 2014, losing a colossal 2.9 percent of its income amid declining crop prices and oil price volatility.

Washington state saw the fastest growth in income, at 1.4 percent in the winter quarter.

None of this says much about how typical families are faring. Personal income is a measure of all income before taxes, and Connecticut is largely driven by Gold Coast wealth, combined with the relative lack of vast populations in poverty.

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