In 2015, Mass. wages rose slower than in rest of US

bGlobeBy Deirdre Fernandes and Evan Horowitz | Boston Globe

While the rest of the country saw blockbuster gains in their paychecks in 2015, household incomes in Massachusetts rose at a much slower pace, according to data to be released by the Census Bureau Thursday.

Usually, Massachusetts outpaces the nation, with better school test scores and lower unemployment rates. But median incomes increased by a paltry 2 percent — nearly half the national rate — from $69,223 in 2014 to $70,628 last year.

Nationwide, median household income grew by 3.8 percent, to $55,775, in 2015.

Massachusetts also made less progress in reducing poverty and saw the wages of full-time, year-round male workers stagnate, compared to those in the rest of the United States.

The state data released Thursday are based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and the methodology and results vary somewhat from the agency’s national household income data, outlined earlier this week.

Massachusetts experienced a far less severe economic downtown during the last recession than much of the country, so family incomes may not have rebounded as much in the recovery, said Alan Clayton-Matthews, a Northeastern University economics professor.

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