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December 21, 2018

Personal Income and Outlays, November 2018

Personal income increased 0.2 percent in November after increasing 0.5 percent in October. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.2 percent in November after increasing 0.4 percent in October.

Principal Federal Economic Indicators

Gross Domestic Product Q3 2018 +3.4%
Personal Income November 2018 +0.2%
International Trade in Goods & Services (Trade Balance) October 2018 -$55.5B
U.S. International Transactions (Current Account Balance) Q3 2018 -$124.8B

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Real Consumer Spending Rises in November

December 21, 2018

Personal income increased 0.2 percent in November after increasing 0.5 percent in October. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.2 percent in November after increasing 0.4 percent in October.

GDP Increases in the Third Quarter

December 21, 2018

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was revised down 0.1 percentage point from the “second” estimate released in November. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.2 percent.

State Personal Income, Third Quarter 2018

December 20, 2018

State personal income increased 4.0 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter of 2018, an acceleration from the 3.4 percent increase in the second quarter. Personal income increased in all states and the District of Columbia. The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 6.2 percent in Nevada and Washington to 2.1 percent in Missouri.

U.S. Current-Account Deficit Increases in Third Quarter 2018

December 19, 2018

The U.S. current-account deficit increased to $124.8 billion (preliminary) in the third quarter of 2018 from $101.2 billion (revised) in the second quarter of 2018. As a percentage of U.S. GDP, the deficit increased to 2.4 percent from 2.0 percent. The previously published current-account deficit for the second quarter was $101.5 billion.

GDP for the U.S. Virgin Islands Decreases in 2017 Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

December 17, 2018

The estimates of gross domestic product for the U.S. Virgin Islands show that real GDP—GDP adjusted to remove price changes—decreased 1.7 percent in 2017 after increasing 0.9 percent in 2016. For comparison, real GDP for the United States (excluding the territories) increased 2.2 percent in 2017 after increasing 1.6 percent in 2016.

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