Arkansas consumer spending up since '09

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - New government data shows that Arkansas had the second-lowest per-person consumer spending in 2012, but the state still saw a jump of more than 12 percent since 2009.

      The figures come from a new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis that for the first time reveals consumer spending on a state-by-state basis.

      Arkansas' per-person spending of $28,366 in 2012 was the second-lowest in the country, behind Mississippi's spending of $27,406. Washington, D.C., recorded the highest number at $59,423, followed by Massachusetts at $47,308.

      The report also found that Arkansans pay the second-smallest amount per person for groceries and other off-premises food, at $2,243 per person in 2012. The national average was $2,750.

      Arkansas was also third-lowest in housing and utility costs, behind Mississippi and Texas.

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