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Average Income Rose Slightly in 1957 Despite Increased Unemployment (Advance data, March 1958 sample survey)

Report Number P60-28

The average income of men and women rose slightly in 1957 in spite of the business downturn which started in the second half of the year, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. The average (median) income of men who received some income was estimated at $3,700, a gain of about $75, or 2 percent, over the previous year. This change, however, was considerably smaller than the average annual increase among men since World War II, and compared with a rise of $250 between 1955 and 1956. Among women with income, the average (median) income was $1,200 in 1957, a gain of about $50 over the 1956 average.

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