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Oklahoma is among leaders in personal income growth

Chad Wilkerson, Federal Reserve economist in Oklahoma City, said only one state — oil-rich North Dakota — has topped Oklahoma in personal income growth for each of the past four quarters.
by Don Mecoy Modified: September 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012
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Oklahoma has experienced among the best personal income growth of any state in the past year, based on estimates issued Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The state's 1.2 percent growth in personal income in the second quarter was the seventh-best rate among all states. Chad Wilkerson, Federal Reserve economist in Oklahoma City, said only one state — oil-rich North Dakota — has topped Oklahoma in personal income growth for each of the past four quarters.

“We've had about the most consistent growth in personal income of any state, around 1 percent per quarter,” Wilkerson said.

The bureau estimated Oklahoma's total personal income at $148.2 billion in the April through the June period, compared with $146.5 billion in the previous quarter.

Census figures released last week show Oklahoma's median household income of about $43,000 ranks 42nd among states. The state's median household income, a different measure than personal income, remained flat from 2010 to 2011 while the nation's median income fell about 1.3 percent.

Wilkerson said revision by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to previous personal income numbers made the economy in Oklahoma look stronger.

“With the revisions they did for the last three years, it's even better news than we knew about the past,” he said.

In 2011, for instance, Oklahoma's personal income number was revised upward by $1.5 billion, or 1.1 percent. Among all states, 2011 income was revised downward by $31.8 billion, or 0.2 percent.

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by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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