Arkansas' median household income fell to second-lowest in the nation last year, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

The report released Thursday shows the median household income in 2015 was $41,995, up by 1.7 percent from $41,302 in 2014 and ahead of only Mississippi.

Median means half the household incomes was above $41,995 and half were below it. The amount is determined through monthly surveys that included nearly 22,500 in Arkansas.

Kathy Deck, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the number is "obviously" not good news, but noted that employment began rising at the end of 2015 and into 2016, so improvement is possible next year.