State Economies Show Most Gains Since 2006

In fourth quarter, 44 states benefited from pick-ups in employment, personal income.

The economic health of 44 U.S. states improved in the fourth quarter, the most in any period since 2006, as almost all benefited from growing employment and personal income.

The gains matched the total in the second quarter of 2006, more than a year before the 18-month recession began, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States index.

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