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Wisconsin is still considered among the top business performers in the Upper Midwest, but recent per capita income figures for the state point to a slowing economy.
Wisconsin's per capita income of $24,199 for 1997 was 4.3 percent below the national average of $25,298, according to a Business Journal study. Compared with all states' per capita income averages, Wisconsin ranks 23rd.
"That indicates other states' economies are growing faster than Wisconsin's," said Sam White, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research.
Unlike other states, Wisconsin's unemployment rate has been below the national average for five years and there is only modest growth in the number of people employed in 1997, White …