Household incomes grew more slowly in a majority of states under Trump Ė even before COVID-19

Even before the U.S. economy was slammed by a pandemic, the typical American householdís income grew at a slower pace in more than half of the states under Donald Trump than in the years leading up to his presidency, according to a new Capital & Main analysis of U.S. Census data.

Those states include several key battlegrounds, undercutting one of Trumpís central campaign themes: that before COVID-19 his actions led to an economy he has described as "the best it has ever been.Ē

Pennsylvania saw its typical householdís income growth slow from 6.2% in Obamaís last three years to 4.7% in Trumpís first three years, while median household income growth in Wisconsin declined from 7.1% to 6%.

In New Hampshire typical household income growth slowed from 7.2% between 2013 and 2016 to 3.1% from 2016 to 2019, while in Iowa it slowed from 4.5% to 3%.

Nationally, median family income growth in Trumpís first three years was almost identical to the rate of growth in the three years prior to his presidency, according to one of the two main Census surveys. A second Census survey shows that median household income growth actually slowed in Trumpís first three years to 2.1% annually compared with 2.6% annually during Obamaís last three years.