Revisions to the July and August 2015 Estimates

The previously published median household income estimates for July and September 2015 have been revised. Estimates for both months were determined to be in error as the result of data keying mistakes. These errors affect the magnitude of the estimates but not the upward trend in the median over that period. The relatively large increases in median household income during July and August are somewhat larger after correction for this error. For July the corrected median in July 2015 dollars is $55,704 instead of $55,218. For September the corrected median in August 2015 dollars is $56,410 instead of $55,974. The statement in our September 2015 report indicating that median household income had reached its highest level since the official end of the great recession in June 2009 is still valid.

Median Household Income for September 2015 -- $56,279
Sentier Household Income Index September 2015 -- 98.3

Household Income Trends: September 2015

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