MODESTO In another sign the economic downturn may be losing its grip on the northern San Joaquin Valley, per capita personal income rose to record-high levels in 2011.
Stanislaus County incomes jumped to $32,115 per person last year, which was $1,000 more than the previous high set in 2008.
The income estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis were released Monday.
Merced County's per capita income hit $28,497, which broke its 2007 record. San Joaquin County, however, had an average of $31,013 in personal income per person last year; that was just below its 2008 high. Tuolumne County incomes rose to $36,680, which topped its 2008 record.
While the region's incomes are up, they're still far below state and national averages. California's per capita income was $43,647 last year. The U.S. per capita income hit a record-high $41,560 in 2011.