SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A new study shows a growing gap between personal income in Oregon and the rest of the nation.
The study by the Oregon Employment Department says per capita personal income for Oregon was just over $36,000 in 2009. That's about 91 percent of the national level of $39,626.
The study also showed that Oregon personal income has grown over time, but not as fast as some other states – or the national average.
The reasons include lower industry wages, a fast-growing population, lower wages in high-paying occupational groups and a higher unemployment rate.