State personal income grew 1.0 percent on average in the fourth quarter of 2014, the same average growth rate as in the third quarter. The acceleration in personal income growth in Florida, Texas, and 30 other states was offset by a slowdown in 15 states, including California and New York. Growth rates ranged from 0.6 percent in Louisiana to 1.5 percent in Texas. The national price index for personal consumption expenditures fell 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter after rising 0.3 percent in the third quarter.
Fourth Quarter 2014 State Personal Income Growth and Ranks
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Personal income rose 0.3 percent in December, the same increase as in November. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, rose 0.1 percent in December after rising 0.6 percent in November.
Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, rose 0.3 percent in December, the same increase as in November.
Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.5 percent in December after increasing 0.4 percent in November.
Real consumer spending, spending adjusted for price changes, decreased 0.1 percent in December after increasing 0.7 percent in November. Spending on durable goods decreased 0.7 percent in December after increasing 2.5 percent in November.
PCE prices decreased 0.2 percent in December, the same decrease as in November. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices remained flat in December, the same as in November.
Personal saving rate
Personal saving as a percent of DPI was 4.9 percent in December and 4.3 percent in November.
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State personal income growth averaged 1.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014, down from 1.2 percent in the second quarter. Growth in personal income–the sum of net earnings by place of residence, property income, and personal current transfer receipts–slowed in 38 states and in the District of Columbia. The percent change across states ranged from -0.2 percent in South Dakota (the only state with a decline) to 1.4 percent in Texas. Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, slowed to 0.3 percent in the third quarter from 0.6 percent in the second quarter.
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