ND records nation's highest personal income growth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota has recorded the highest personal income growth among all states for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicated that the state's personal income grew 7.6 percent in 2013. Utah ranked behind North Dakota with a 4 percent growth.

The federal report tied the state's income to various business sectors including agriculture, construction and energy development.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the report shows that the state's efforts to create jobs and career opportunities are getting results.

The national average of growth declined last year. The bureau reports the national average as 2.6 percent in 2013, down from 4.2 percent in 2012.

Earnings grew in 2013 in every industry nationwide except civilian federal government, which fell $6.7 billion.

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