According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2001, Nebraska had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $28,861 which ranked 24th in the United States (including the District of Columbia) and was 95% of the national average, $30,413. The 2001 PCPI reflected an increase of 3.9% from 2000 compared to the national change of 2.2%. In 2001, Nebraska had a total personal income (TPI) of $49,642,391,000 which ranked 36th in the United States and accounted for 0.6% of the national total. The 2001 TPI reflected an increase of 4.3% from 2000 compared to the national change of 3.3%.
Earnings of persons employed in Nebraska increased from $34,101,943,000 in 2000 to $35,240,341,000 in 2001, an increase of 3.3%. The largest industries in 2001 were services, 27.1% of earnings; state and local government, 12.8%; and transportation and public utilities, 9.9%. Of the industries that accounted for at least 5% of earnings in 2001, the slowest growing from 2000 to 2001 was durable goods manufacturing (6.0% of earnings in 2001), which decreased 7.1%; the fastest was state and local government, which increased 7.5%.
According to data released by the US Census Bureau, in 2000, the median household income was $38,574 compared to the national average of $42,148. In 2001, the median income for a family of four was $60,626 compared to the national average of $63,278. For the period 1999 to 2001, the average poverty rate was 9.7% which placed it 18th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked lowest to highest.