By Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - State officials are calling a rise in per-capita personal income a sign of an improving economy.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( the state rose from 49th in the nation to 47th in 2013 based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Idaho Department of Labor chief research officer Bob Uhlenkott said this is one of the first signs that in 2013, Idaho residents were better off than the year before.

The state recorded a 2.4 percent increase in year-to-year income growth, the highest in the nation.

Idaho is still among the worst in the nation overall, however, with inflation-adjusted per-capita income at $36,340 in 2013.

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