New Jersey household incomes up a strong 4 percent in 2016

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Mayor Mike Duggan, who is running for reelection, was optimistic about the news.

"We have a long way to go", Duggan said.

Only Idaho and the US territory of Puerto Rico had stronger income growth in 2016 than MA, and just a few states have higher-earning households.

Jargowsky said he plans to update his study next year after the Census Bureau provides new tract-level data in December. Nationally, the median income was $57,617, a 2 percent rise.

The inflation-adjusted median household income in New Jersey in 2008, at the start of the Great Recession, was $76,712 - $586 more than a year ago. With that caveat in mind, Americans appear to be making only slightly more than they were in 1999, when income last peaked. Incomes rose a bit for non-Hispanic white ($65,041), Hispanic ($47,675), and black families ($39,490), but were lower than their Asian neighbors.

That's only the "official" poverty rate, though, which only takes into account before-tax income.

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Additional census data providing poverty rates at the city level and state income statistics will be released Thursday, but experts said Tuesday's numbers bode well for Texas.

In addition, the nation's official poverty rate declined to 12.7 percent in 2016, a 0.8 percentage-point drop from the year before.

Almost all of America's largest cities made progress as well - except for Houston, where the poverty rate rose slightly to 14.8 percent, and San Antonio, where it rose to 15 percent. The national poverty rate fell 0.8 points to 12.7 percent.

It is also important to focus on the poverty rates in America.

It also was the first year since the recession that the poverty rate was no statistically different than it was before the crash in 2007. "There are a lot of people working full time but are still poor". Again, with wage growth relatively weak, rising employment was primarily responsible for such a large jump in household income. Among states that did not expand Medicaid, the rate is 11.7 percent.

"There have been positive steps, as well as positive signals of what is planned to address child poverty, but there is unfinished business", said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, which pushes governments to eradicate child poverty in Canada.

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Last year, 2016, was a rough one for Houston.

Multiple agencies, including the Community Improvement Corporation and the Clark County Land Bank, are working to bring more jobs and retail to the community, he said.

"The longest expansion in USA history was in the 90s", when there was a decade of growth.

"It's been good news for the past several years, but we're starting to get anxious about what could happen in the very near future", said Deb Polun, senior director of policy and outreach for the Community Health Center Association of CT.

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