Personal Income Up in Wisconsin, Below National Average

UNDATED (AP) - Personal income is growing in Wisconsin's bigger cities, but not as fast as the national average.

The new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis mirrors other measures of Wisconsin's economy which show it's growing, just not as fast as the nation.

Sammis White is director of the Center for Workforce Development at UW Milwaukee. White says Wisconsin hasn't been adding employment as quickly as the nation, and the state has a slightly older population overall, so fewer people are in the labor force.

Per capita income grew four percent nationally in 2005, compared to the year before. None of Wisconsin's larger cities matched that level. Wausau comes closest at 3.9 percent, then Milwaukee-Waukesha at 3.8 percent.