Personal income in Md. rose in '09 despite losses nationwide

March 25, 2010|By Jamie Smith Hopkins | jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com

Personal income rose in Maryland last year even as it fell in all but five other states and Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday.

Personal income — which includes wages, interest, government benefits and other payments to residents — rose 1 percent in Maryland in 2009, the bureau estimated. Income fell an average of 1.7 percent nationwide.

Maryland's gain is partly thanks to the income of state residents who work in D.C., the bureau said, because wages paid by Maryland employers fell slightly last year.

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