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Coming Soon: Real Personal Income Statistics for States and Metropolitan Areas

The Bureau of Economic Analysis will soon release real personal income statistics using regional price indexes to adjust BEA’s personal income data for differences in the cost of living across states and metro areas. These new statistics will inform decisions by businesses and households alike – from deciding where to move for a new job or locating a new company to helping economic development offices shape regional marketing plans and comparing economic performances across regions.

Across the U.S., there are differences in the cost of everything from medical care to housing. In some states, such as Hawaii and New York, goods and services cost more. In others, such as South Dakota and Mississippi, they cost less. Just as adjusting U.S. economic growth for inflation (real GDP) is critical for comparing the high inflation years of the early 1980s to the low inflation years of the late 1990s, adjusting state personal incomes (real state personal income) for differences in the cost of living across states is important in comparing incomes, and the purchasing power of that income across states.

BEA will provide comprehensive data on regional differences in real incomes, on April 24, when it releases statistics for 50 states and for 381 metro areas. The report will cover the period 2008 through 2012.

Economists call indexes that compare the level of prices of goods and services across geographic areas purchasing power parity indexes. BEA has worked with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, and other experts in price measurement to develop its new regional price parities. These regional price parities, which measure differences in the level of prices across states and metro areas, are used in combination with BEA’s national Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index, which measures the changes in prices over time, (or inflation), to compare personal incomes across regions and over time.

Last year, BEA released prototype statistics of this kind. This year, for the first time, BEA will start releasing annual reports on a regular basis.

Restoration of Previously Eliminated Local Area Personal Income Statistics

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will restore a portion of the statistical detail to its Local Area Personal Income (LAPI) program that had been eliminated due to sequestration and reduced funding levels in FY 2013.

In early May, BEA will release for 2001-2012 (1) local area employment statistics; (2) local area industry detail for compensation and earnings for 108 industries; (3) detail on farm income and expenses; (4) and partially restored detail on personal current transfer receipts.

Improved production efficiency, in part, will allow for the restoration of these statistics.

For further information about the statistics, contact the Regional Income Division at 202–606–5360, or e-mail

Some Local Economic Statistics Eliminated Due to 2013 Budget Sequester

You probably noticed that today’s release of the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) local area personal income statistics is missing some detail that’s normally included.  Why?

Automatic budget cuts due to the 2013 sequester forced BEA to eliminate some data from the release, including detailed county-level statistics showing how much income people received from specific transfer receipts programs (unemployment benefits, Social Security, and Medicare); information on the categories of farm income and expenses; and data on the number of people employed by industry and the average wage per job.

BEA laid out the impact of the 2013 budget sequester on its local area personal income (LAPI) statistics on June 19.  Today’s release is the first LAPI report affected by the automatic budget cuts.

BEA also scaled back some of the local statistical detail normally provided. For instance, today’s report contains detailed compensation and earnings information for 25 industries, instead of the usual 108.

For more information on how BEA’s LAPI statistics were affected by the 2013 sequester, please visit BEA’s Web site.

You can still access historical LAPI statistics that were produced before the detail was eliminated or reduced. Those statistics (which cover the period of 1969–2011 and were published November 2012) are available at, under the heading Local Area Personal Income.

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