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State Quarterly Personal Income, 4th quarter 2018 and State Annual Personal Income, 2018 (preliminary)

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State personal income increased 4.5 percent in 2018, after increasing 4.4 percent in 2017, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (table 1). In 2018, personal income increased in all states and the District of Columbia. The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 6.8 percent in Washington to 2.9 percent in Hawaii. Increases in earnings, property income (dividends, interest and rent), and transfer receipts contributed to personal income growth in all states (table 2). Earnings. Earnings increased 4.4 percent in 2018 and was the leading contributor to growth in the five fastest growing states—Washington, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona. Information was the leading contributor to the earnings increase in Washington (table 3).

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State personal income increased 4.5 percent in 2018, after increasing 4.4 percent in 2017, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (table 1). In 2018, personal income increased in all states and the District of Columbia. The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 6.8 percent in Washington to 2.9 percent in Hawaii.

State Quarterly Personal Income, 4th quarter 2018 and State Annual Personal Income, 2018 (preliminary)

Increases in earnings, property income (dividends, interest and rent), and transfer receipts contributed to personal income growth in all states (table 2).

Earnings. Earnings increased 4.4 percent in 2018 and was the leading contributor to growth in the five fastest growing states—Washington, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona.

  • Information was the leading contributor to the earnings increase in Washington (table 3).
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services was the leading contributor to the earnings increase in Utah and Colorado.
  • Construction was the leading contributor to the earnings increase in Nevada and Arizona.

For the nation, earnings increased in all 24 industries for which BEA prepares estimates (table 4). Earnings growth in three industries—professional, scientific, and technical services; health care and social assistance; and construction—were the leading contributors to overall growth in personal income.

State Quarterly Personal Income, 4th quarter 2018 and State Annual Personal Income, 2018 (preliminary)

Property income (dividends, interest, and rent). Property income increased 4.9 percent in 2018, after increasing 4.7 percent in 2017. The percent change in property income ranged from 6.0 percent in Washington and Utah, to 3.3 percent in New Mexico (table 2).

Personal current transfer receipts. Transfer receipts increased 4.2 percent for the nation in 2018, after increasing 2.9 percent in 2017. The percent change in transfer receipts ranged from 9.3 percent in Alaska to 1.7 percent in the District of Columbia.

Fourth quarter personal income. State personal income increased 5.2 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2018, after increasing 4.4 percent in the third quarter (table 5). The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 12.9 percent in South Dakota to 2.8 percent in New York. Earnings increased 5.1 percent nationally and was the leading contributor to growth in personal income in every state (table 6).

State Quarterly Personal Income, 4th quarter 2018 and State Annual Personal Income, 2018 (preliminary)

Updates to Personal Income. Today, BEA also released revised quarterly estimates for 2018:Q1-2018:Q3. Updates were made to incorporate source data that are more complete and more detailed than previously available and to align the states with revised national estimates. BEA also released revised quarterly estimates of population and per capita personal income for 2010:Q1-2018:Q3, and revised annual estimates of population and per capita personal income for 2010-2017.

Next release: June 25, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. EDT
State Personal Income, First Quarter 2019

Bureau of Economic Analysis
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