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UTAHNS’ PERSONAL INCOMES ON UPSWING

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Utah residents enjoyed the nation's fifth highest increase in personal incomes during the April-May period with a 2.6 percent hike.

Residents of Michigan and Idaho had the largest gains for the two months while Wyoming and Maine had the smallest increases.The Commerce Department said Thursday that eight states had increases in personal incomes during the spring that were at least a half percentage point higher than the 1.7 percent nationwide increase.

The best advances were recorded by Michigan, up 3 percent; Idaho, up 2.6 percent; North Carolina, up 2.6 percent; Nebraska, up 2.6 percent; Utah, up 2.6 percent; South Dakota, up 2.4 percent; Arkansas, up 2.3 percent; and Kentucky, up 2.3 percent.

The income gain in Michigan reflected a rebound in earnings in the auto industry following strike-related shutdowns in the first quarter. Gains in Idaho, North Carolina, Nebraska, South Dakota, Arkansas and Kentucky reflected rising farm incomes.

The weakest income gains in the spring came in Wyoming, up just 0.6 percent; Maine, up 0.9 percent; Hawaii, up 1 percent; Rhode Island, up 1 percent; Montana, up 1.2 percent; and New York, up 1.2 percent.

The government attributed part of the weakness in Wyoming, Hawaii and Maine to income declines in the construction industry.