State personal income, a broad measure that includes earnings, property income, and government benefits, grew on average 4.4% from 2014 to 2015, the same as the prior year, according to the Commerce Dept., by Jeffrey Sparshott of The Wall Street Journal. Professional and business services, health care and construction contributed the most to overall income growth in 2015.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Construction earnings increased for the fifth consecutive year and are now higher than their previous peak before the Great Recession. Nevada and Utah saw the fastest growth in the sector.

Earnings in mining declined 5.2% nationally, and subtracted more than any other industry from the growth in personal income in North Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia and Oklahoma.

Note: An earlier version of this abstract contained a factual error based on the data. We regret the error.

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