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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 23 June 1997



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                   Northeast-Midwest Institute

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                           23 June 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EXPLAINED
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     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Tuesday, June 24, will
host a non-technical briefing on semiconductors.  Bob Richardson,
president of Silicon Valley Group Lithography, and a representative
from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, the
semiconductor industry organization, will explain what semiconductors
are, why they are important, and how they are manufactured.

     The June 24 "brown bag" briefing will take place from 12:00 noon
until 1:00 pm in room 562 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. 

     CONTACT:  Geoff Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606).


ROBOT DEMONSTRATION AND BRIEFING
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     Fully autonomous robots designed for use in hospitals will make
an appearance on Wednesday, June 25, at a briefing sponsored by the
Senate Task Force on Manufacturing.  The robots were designed by
Joseph Engelberger and HelpMate Robotics, using technology developed
by NASA for the space probe missions.  Mr. Engelberger, widely
acknowledged as the founder of the industrial robot, will speak  on
the importance of technology R&D initiatives like the Advanced
Technology Program (ATP) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
awards.

     The June 25 demonstration and briefing will run from 10:00 am to
11:00 am in room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Geoff Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606).


REGION MAINTAINS HIGH PER-CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME
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     The Northeast-Midwest in 1996 led the nation in per-capita
personal income.  Nine of the region's 18 states ranked among the
nation's top ten states.  For the second consecutive year,
Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts claimed the top three
levels associated with per-capita personal income.

     Fourteen of the region's 18 states enjoyed growths in per-capita
personal income at or above the national average.  Wisconsin and Iowa
placed among the top five fastest growing states, at 6.8 percent and
7.9 percent, respectively.  The fastest growth in per-capita personal
income occurred in North Dakota and South Dakota, with 11.2 percent
and 10.0 percent, respectively.

     The following table ranks each state by its per-capita personal
income in 1996, and presents the percentage growth from 1995.

     CONTACT:  Alyssa Farber at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


        RANKED PER-CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME BY STATE:  1996

                                 1995          1996
                           Per-Capita    Per-Capita      Percent
                             Personal      Personal       Change
                               Income        Income    1995-1996

Connecticut                    31,814        33,189          4.3
New Jersey                     29,833        31,053          4.1
Massachusetts                  28,032        29,439          5.0
New York                       27,595        28,782          4.3
Delaware                       26,279        27,622          5.1
Maryland                       26,352        27,221          3.3
Illinois                       25,310        26,598          5.1
New Hampshire                  25,587        26,520          3.6
Minnesota                      23,944        25,580          6.8
Nevada                         24,336        25,451          4.6
Hawaii                         24,749        25,159          1.7
California                     24,091        25,144          4.4
Colorado                       23,954        25,084          4.7
Virginia                       23,985        24,925          3.9
Washington                     23,701        24,838          4.8
Michigan                       23,943        24,810          3.6
Rhode Island                   23,798        24,765          4.1

U.S.                           23,174        24,209          4.1

Pennsylvania                   23,580        24,668          4.6
Alaska                         24,045        24,558          2.1
Florida                        23,030        24,104          4.7
Ohio                           22,547        23,537          4.4
Kansas                         21,855        23,281          6.5
Wisconsin                      22,265        23,269          4.5
Nebraska                       21,450        23,047          7.4
Missouri                       21,836        22,864          4.7
Georgia                        21,718        22,709          4.6
Oregon                         21,554        22,668          5.2
Iowa                           20,911        22,560          7.9
Indiana                        21,457        22,440          4.6
Vermont                        21,231        22,124          4.2
Texas                          21,119        22,045          4.4
North Carolina                 21,082        22,010          4.4
Tennessee                      21,076        21,764          3.3
South Dakota                   19,564        21,516         10.0
Wyoming                        20,727        21,245          2.5
Arizona                        20,074        20,989          4.6
Maine                          20,150        20,826          3.4
North Dakota                   18,621        20,710         11.2
Alabama                        19,212        20,055          4.4
Louisiana                      19,000        19,824          4.3
South Carolina                 19,031        19,755          3.8
Kentucky                       18,866        19,687          4.4
Idaho                          18,860        19,539          3.6
Oklahoma                       18,596        19,350          4.1
Utah                           18,167        19,156          5.4
Montana                        18,443        19,047          3.3
Arkansas                       18,093        18,928          4.6
New Mexico                     18,158        18,770          3.4
West Virginia                  17,714        18,444          4.1
Mississippi                    16,690        17,471          4.7


SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.


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