Issue Brief 10-38
September 24, 2010

On September 20, 2010, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released state personal income data for 2009 and revised data for prior years. This release permits the calculation of final federal fiscal year (FY) 2012 federal Medicaid matching rates (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage—FMAP). Based on the new data, 16 states will receive increased FMAPs in FY 2012 and 21 will see decreases.

Total personal income in the United States changed by an average of -1.7% in 2009. The annual percentage change ranged from -5.0% in Nevada to +2.0% in West Virginia. In fact, only four states and the District of Columbia saw an increase in total personal income in 2009. Per capita personal income fell by  -2.6% nationally.