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Oil, gas boom lifts U.S. personal income overall

Asbury Park Press -- The nation’s oil and gas boom is driving up income so fast in a few hundred small towns and rural areas that the entire USA is floating upward because of it, a USA Today analysis of new government data shows.

The 261 million people who live in cities and suburbs still haven’t recovered earning power lost in the economic downturn. Average income per person fell 3.5 percent in metropolitan areas between 2007 and 2011 after adjusting for inflation, according to data released Monday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

By contrast, small-town America is better off than before: Inflation-adjusted income is up 3.8 percent per person since 2007 for the 51 million in small cities, towns and rural areas.


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Submitted Nov 27, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:24:07 AM

not sure where they get the figures from, I haven't gotten any "better off than before" and I live in a rural/small town area.
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Wizrd03
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 7:46:37 AM

Figures lie & liars figure
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 3:02:29 AM

Big deal. Most still aren't feeling it.
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bston
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 1:22:29 AM

Don't know that I quite believe the government data.
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defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:12:36 AM

Just as long as it is the INCOME of MILLIONS OF WORKERS that went up 4% instead of just the income of the TOP 2% going up 50%!! That has been the problem for the last 10 yrs!!
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JoeKR
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:11:50 AM

Big business is still holding back on hiring - that's trickle down - it doesn't happen until the rich have gotten richer first.
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jkpsr
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:08:46 AM

Maybe we can depopulate our more overcrowded cities.
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VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:07:39 AM

My son went to North Dakota and I considered going too. He can make big bucks as a welder or working labor jobs but my 15+ years of customer service office experience will find me a $12 - $15 an hour job and I won't be able to find a place to rent on that income. I might have trouble finding a job with benefits too. I'm currently earning considerably more with excellent benefits. I just don't much care for my working conditions since I never was one to be micro-managed.
Teachers are barely making a living wage condsidering the news story I watched. The school districts are buying apartment buildings because the demand for teachers is so high and affordable housing is hard to find. They put 2 teachers in each apartment. That's probably ok if you are married to a teacher but if you have a family it may not be a good fit.
Rent is crazy there. My son paid $1400 a month for space rent for his travel trailer. Electric and water were included but camping is all done when winter comes. He left early November because it was just too cold.
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pepinoNC
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Everyone I know got raises this year.
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The opportunity presents itself. But you do have to get off your duff to answer the door bell.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:03:39 AM

A rising tide lifts all boats. Allow one area of the economy to prosper, and the multiplier effect will spread out across the whole country (unless it is taxed away).
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:02:34 AM

That is a load of crap. I don't see the economy significantly improving in Nevada.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:02:19 AM

I wish some of that income increase was coming my way.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:00:04 AM

Good news.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:59:03 PM

hmmmm - does this mean that smallville has another hero?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:56:44 PM

Just imagine how much income would be lifted without the oppressive rules of the Obama administration.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:55:34 PM

it will soon take a massive nosedive...
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:54:57 PM


They’ve drilled and fracked, just waiting for the royalty checks to start coming in....
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:49:55 PM

is that why the average income is down $4,000 since NOBAMA took office?
that's 8%
welcome to the new economy
called tax the rich
and then ask where did all the jobs go?
When will we see 500,000 jobs added in one month?
all other recessions have a BOOM factor
not this one why????
What was his paper on anyways?
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g747
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:46:01 PM

We need tax cuts for people who need it period!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:40:40 PM

I can agree with feeling the downturn, still not making near what I was but disagree with when. I saw the changes to my business right after 9/11/01 and have not even begun to come back.
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kcboy
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:40:37 PM

Just drop the price
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:37:49 PM

Income increaSE, GAS WILL RISE. lET INCOME RISE AND GAS PRICE FALL.
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gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:37:43 PM

Don't see how were better now. I'm making less do to cut backs and everything else has gone up. So where is my increase of income?????????????
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:33:53 PM

Improvement needs to happen sooner.
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mrselfdestruct
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:28:56 PM

Thought there was no inflation?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:28:07 PM

as the economy get better we will all benefit
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:25:14 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:20:31 PM

nice to know i guess
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:19:42 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:17:30 PM

Hmmm...
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erikk77
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:14:46 PM

Where's the money?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:14:00 PM

Great
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:11:26 PM

Hope it's really helping little guy. Not me.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:08:06 PM

Yes rising slowly beats boom and bust over the long haul.
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Slow and steady is the best way.
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Clampetts?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:04:52 PM

Did not help me
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nimpy
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:57:56 PM

Yeah and the prices still go up
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:57:42 PM

More money, the average goes up, is this a surprise?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:56:16 PM

Not a bad thing.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:54:21 PM

Good news!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:50:49 PM

Good stuff!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:43:11 PM

Any increase helps to lift up the total average income.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:42:25 PM

Not my town!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:36:24 PM

Tough for all except for one per cent.
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these are the 1% now
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tough for all except the 1%.
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Yah right
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Not for that many people!
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