BEA just published the state real GDP data for 2011.  Since I have not done it in a while I thought it would be interesting to create the state real GDP per capita data for 2011.  There has not been much difference since the last time I did this exercise several years ago.  The last time I did  it Massachusetts
was 126% of the national average and Mississippi was 63% of the national average.  The long run trend of the poorest state tending to catch up with the wealthiest states has continued in force. Now, Massachusetts real per capita GDP  is only 187% of that in Mississippi vs the 200% it was several years ago..  But I can still point out that the Republican and/or right wingers continue to try to convince us that  that we would all be better off if we were more like Mississippi and less like Massachusetts.  Go figure.

                                                               REAL PER CAPITA GDP( 2011)