A new study shows a growing gap between personal income in Oregon and the rest of the nation.

A new study shows a growing gap between personal income in Oregon and the rest of the nation.

The study by the Oregon Employment Department says per capita personal income for Oregon was just over $36,000 in 2009 — or about 91 percent of the national level of $39,626.

The study also showed that Oregon personal income has grown over time, but not as fast as some other states — or the national average.

The reasons include lower industry wages, a fast-growing population, lower wages in high-paying occupational groups and a higher unemployment rate.

— The Associated Press

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