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Report says Pennsylvania's income growth is 'lopsided'

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A new report says only the top 1 percent of Pennsylvanians have seen income gains since 2009. A man waits to cross the street near City Hall in Philadelphia.

The Economic Policy Institute and Economic Analysis and Research Network released a report today measuring income growth inequality state by state.

The report looked at Internal Revenue Service pretax income numbers before and after the Great Recession to determine which portion of income earners have benefited the most from recovery.

The report found in Pennsylvania between 2009 and 2012, the top 1 percent saw a nearly 30 percent increase in income, but the bottom 99 percent's income actually went down by about 1 percent. 

Read a full version of this report at the website of Keystone Crossroads, a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities.