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Personal income dropped in Orleans County last year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2015 at 12:00 am

While the rest of the region and most of the country saw personal income grow from 2013 to 2014, the income dropped per household in Orleans County, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In Orleans, the per capita household income went from $31,967 in 2013 to $31,720 the following year, a 0.7 percent drop.

The federal government said only 14 percent or 438 of the 3,100 counties saw per capita household income decline.

Nationally, it grew by 2 percent from $45,159 to $46,049 in 2014. The eight counties in Western New York all grew except for Orleans. Allegany saw the biggest growth at 3.7 percent, up from $31,946 to $33,128, according to a report from the Buffalo News.

Orleans County has a significantly smaller per capita household income than the other counties. Here are the per capita personal incomes of the eight WNY counties in 2014 with the percent growth in parentheses:

Allegany, $33,128 (3.7 %); Cattaraugus, $35,395 (1.2 %); Chautauqua, $34,296 (2.0 %); Erie, $44,740 (1.4 %); Genesee, $39,064 (1.5 %); Niagara, $39,077 (1.2 %); Orleans, $31,720 (-0.7 %); and Wyoming, $37,091 (2.0%).