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Technical: James Rankin (202) 606-5301 (Personal Income) piniwd@bea.gov
  Harvey Davis (202) 606-5302 (Personal Consumption Expenditures) pce@bea.gov
Media: Jeannine Aversa (202) 606-2649  
PERSONAL INCOME AND OUTLAYS, DECEMBER 2015
Personal income increased $42.5 billion, or 0.3 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $37.8 billion,
or 0.3 percent, in December, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Personal consumption expenditures (PCE)
decreased $0.7 billion, or less than 0.1 percent.  In November, personal income increased $44.3 billion, or 0.3 percent,
DPI increased $33.4 billion, or 0.2 percent, and PCE increased $59.4 billion, or 0.5 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real DPI increased 0.4 percent in December, compared with an increase of 0.2 percent in November.  Real PCE increased
0.1 percent, compared with an increase of 0.4 percent.

                                        2015
                                        Aug.            Sept.           Oct.            Nov.            Dec.
                                                       (Percent change from preceding month)
Personal income, current dollars        0.4             0.2             0.4             0.3             0.3
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                        0.4             0.2             0.3             0.2             0.3
 Chained (2009) dollars                 0.4             0.3             0.2             0.2             0.4
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                        0.3             0.2             0.0             0.5             0.0
 Chained (2009) dollars                 0.3             0.2             0.0             0.4             0.1

FOOTNOTE._________
Monthly estimates are expressed at seasonally adjusted annual rates, unless otherwise specified.
Month-to-month dollar changes are differences between these published estimates. Month-to-month percent
changes are calculated from unrounded data and are not annualized.  Real estimates are in chained (2009) dollars.

This news release is available on BEAs Web site at www.bea.gov/newsreleases/rels.htm.
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                                Compensation

Wages and salaries increased $13.1 billion in December, compared with an increase of $37.9 billion in November.
Private wages and salaries increased $10.3 billion, compared with an increase of $35.3 billion.  Government wages
and salaries increased $2.8 billion, compared with an increase of $2.6 billion.

Supplements to wages and salaries increased $4.8 billion in December, compared with an increase of $6.4 billion in November.

                                Other personal income

Proprietors' income increased $13.4 billion in December, in contrast to a decrease of $1.9 billion in November.
Farm proprietors' income decreased $0.3 billion, the same decrease as in November.  Nonfarm proprietors' income increased
$13.8 billion in December, in contrast to a decrease of $1.6 billion in November.

Rental income of persons increased $3.3 billion in December, compared with an increase of $2.7 billion in November.
Personal income receipts on assets (personal interest income plus personal dividend income) decreased $8.8 billion,
compared with a decrease of $5.4 billion.

Personal current transfer receipts increased $18.1 billion in December, compared with an increase of $9.4 billion in November.
Within current transfer receipts , government social benefit payments to persons included retroactive social security
benefit payments of $8.8 billion (at an annual rate), resulting from a recalculation of the earnings base underlying
the benefits of recent retirees.

Contributions for government social insurance -- a subtraction in calculating personal income -- increased $1.3 billion
in December, compared with an increase of $4.9 billion in November.

                                Personal current taxes and disposable personal income

Personal current taxes increased $4.8 billion in December, compared with an increase of $10.9 billion in November.
Disposable personal income (DPI) -- personal income less personal current taxes -- increased $37.8 billion, or 0.3 percent,
compared with an increase of $33.4 billion, or 0.2 percent.

                                Personal outlays and personal saving

Personal outlays -- PCE, personal interest payments, and personal current transfer payments -- increased $2.0 billion
in December, compared with an increase of $62.1 billion in November.  PCE decreased $0.7 billion, in contrast to an
increase of $59.4 billion.

Personal saving -- DPI less personal outlays -- was $753.5 billion in December, compared with $717.8 billion in November.
The personal saving rate -- personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income -- was 5.5 percent, compared
with 5.3 percent.  For a comparison of personal saving in BEA's national income and product accounts with personal saving
in the Federal Reserve Board's Financial Accounts of the United States and data on changes in net worth,
go to www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/nipa-frb.asp.

                                Real DPI, real PCE, and price index

Real DPI -- DPI adjusted to remove price changes -- increased 0.4 percent in December, compared with an increase of
0.2 percent in November.

Real PCE -- PCE adjusted to remove price changes -- increased 0.1 percent in December, compared with an increase of
0.4 percent in November.  Purchases of durable goods decreased 0.7 percent, in contrast to an increase of 1.8 percent.
Purchases of motor vehicles and parts more than accounted for the decrease in December.  Purchases of nondurable goods
decreased 0.2 percent in December, in contrast to an increase of 0.6 percent in November.  Purchases of services increased
0.3 percent, compared with an increase of 0.1 percent.

The price index for PCE decreased 0.1 percent in December, in contrast to an increase of 0.1 percent in November.
The PCE price index, excluding food and energy, increased less than 0.1 percent, compared to an increase of 0.2 percent.

The December PCE price index increased 0.6 percent from December a year ago. The December PCE price index, excluding
food and energy, increased 1.4 percent from December a year ago.

                                2015 Personal Income and Outlays

Personal income increased 4.5 percent in 2015 (that is, from the 2014 annual level to the 2015 annual level), compared
with an increase of 4.4 percent in 2014. DPI increased 3.8 percent, compared with an increase of 4.2 percent. PCE increased
3.4 percent, compared with an increase of 4.2 percent.

Real DPI increased 3.5 percent in 2015, compared with an increase of 2.7 percent in 2014. Real PCE increased 3.1 percent,
compared with an increase of 2.7 percent.

                                Revisions

Estimates have been revised for October and November.  Changes in personal income, in current-dollar and chained (2009)
dollar DPI, and in current-dollar and chained (2009) dollar PCE for October and for November -- revised and as published
in last month's release -- are shown below.

                                                                Change from preceding month
                                        October                                   November
                                        Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised
                                       (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)      (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)
Personal income:
 Current dollars                            66.9      54.9        0.4       0.4       44.4      44.3        0.3       0.3
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                            54.0      40.8        0.4       0.3       34.5      33.4        0.3       0.2
 Chained (2009) dollars                     42.5      29.6        0.3       0.2       28.0      21.8        0.2       0.2
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                             3.8       2.9        0.0       0.0       40.1      59.4        0.3       0.5
 Chained (2009) dollars                     -2.7      -4.4        0.0       0.0       33.4      46.3        0.3       0.4

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Next release  Friday, February 26 at 10:00 A.M. EST for Personal Income and Outlays for January