WASHINGTON — State and local tax revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 grew by 2.1% from a year earlier, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth, the Census Bureau said in a report issued Thursday.

Tax revenue for the quarter totaled $387.2 billion, compared to $379.0 billion for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the report. The fourth quarter of 2011 is the highest revenue level for one quarter dating back to 1988, when the Census Bureau began collecting data on state and local tax revenues.

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