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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, FEBRUARY 2015
Personal income increased $58.6 billion, or 0.4 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $54.2 billion,
or 0.4 percent, in February, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Personal consumption expenditures (PCE)
increased $11.8 billion, or 0.1 percent.  In January, personal income increased $61.8 billion, or 0.4 percent, DPI
increased $61.5 billion, or 0.5 percent, and PCE decreased $28.5 billion, or 0.2 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real DPI increased 0.2 percent in February, compared with an increase of 0.9 percent in January.  Real PCE decreased
0.1 percent, in contrast to an increase of 0.2 percent.

                                        2014                                            2015
                                        Oct.            Nov.            Dec.            Jan.            Feb.
                                                       (Percent change from preceding month)
Personal income, current dollars        0.4             0.4             0.3             0.4             0.4
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                        0.3             0.3             0.3             0.5             0.4
 Chained (2009) dollars                 0.2             0.5             0.5             0.9             0.2
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                        0.4             0.4            -0.2            -0.2             0.1
 Chained (2009) dollars                 0.4             0.5             0.1             0.2            -0.1

FOOTNOTE._________
NOTE.  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 BEA’s Web site at www.bea.gov/newsreleases/rels.htm.
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                                Compensation

Wages and salaries increased $23.9 billion in February, compared with an increase of $47.3 billion in January.
Private wages and salaries increased $21.9 billion, compared with an increase of $44.2 billion.  Government
wages and salaries increased $2.1 billion, compared with an increase of $3.1 billion. Pay raises for federal
civilian personnel added an additional $0.6 billion to the change in government payrolls in February; pay raises
for federal civilian and military personnel added $2.2 billion to government payrolls in January.

Supplements to wages and salaries increased $5.2 billion in February, compared with an increase of $8.4 billion in January.


                                Other personal income

Proprietors' income decreased $7.0 billion in February, compared with a decrease of $11.7 billion in January.
Farm proprietors' income decreased $6.3 billion, compared with a decrease of $6.4 billion.  Nonfarm proprietors'
income decreased $0.7 billion, compared with a decrease of $5.3 billion.

Rental income of persons increased $3.9 billion in February, compared with an increase of $1.8 billion in January.
Personal income receipts on assets (personal interest income plus personal dividend income) increased $19.7 billion,
in contrast to a decrease of $4.1 billion. Personal dividend income increased $25.3 billion, compared with an increase
of $1.6 billion.

Personal current transfer receipts increased $15.9 billion in February, compared with an increase of $28.7 billion
in January.  In January, a 1.7-percent cost-of-living adjustment to social security benefits and several other federal
transfer payment programs added $16.7 billion.  Also in January, other government social benefits was boosted $5.3 billion,
primarily reflecting health insurance premium subsidies paid in the form of tax credits to enrollees of the Affordable
Care Act exchanges.  For additional information, see the FAQ on “How will the Affordable Care Act affect BEA’s measure
of personal income and outlays?” at www.bea.gov.

Contributions for government social insurance -- a subtraction in calculating personal income --  increased $3.0 billion
in February, compared with an increase of $8.5 billion in January.

                                Personal current taxes and disposable personal income

Personal current taxes increased $4.4 billion in February, compared with an increase of $0.3 billion in January.
Disposable personal income (DPI) -- personal income less personal current taxes -- increased $54.2 billion, or 0.4 percent,
in February, compared with an increase of $61.5 billion, or 0.5 percent, in January.

                                Personal outlays and personal saving

Personal outlays -- PCE, personal interest payments, and personal current transfer payments -- increased $14.2 billion
in February, in contrast to a decrease of $25.4 billion in January.  PCE increased $11.8 billion, in contrast to a decrease
of $28.5 billion.

Personal saving -- DPI less personal outlays -- was $768.6 billion in February, compared with $728.7 billion in January.
The personal saving rate -- personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income -- was 5.8 percent in February,
compared with 5.5 percent in January.  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 0.2 percent in February, compared with an increase of 0.9 percent
in January.

Real PCE -- PCE adjusted to remove price changes -- decreased 0.1 percent in February, in contrast to an increase of 0.2 percent
in January.  Purchases of durable goods decreased 1.1 percent, in contrast to an increase of 0.7 percent.  Purchases of motor
vehicles and parts accounted for most of the decrease in February.  Purchases of nondurable goods increased less than 0.1 percent
in February, in contrast to a decrease of 0.1 percent in January.  Purchases of services increased 0.1 percent, compared with an
increase of 0.2 percent.

The price index for PCE increased 0.2 percent in February, in contrast to a decrease of 0.4 percent in January.  The PCE price
index, excluding food and energy, increased 0.1 percent in February, the same increase as in January.

The February price index for PCE increased 0.3 percent from February a year ago.  The February PCE price index, excluding food
and energy, increased 1.4 percent from February a year ago.

                                2014 Personal Income and Outlays

Personal income increased 4.0 percent in 2014 (that is, from the 2013 annual level to the 2014 annual level), compared with an
increase of 2.0 percent in 2013.  DPI increased 3.8 percent, compared with an increase of 1.0 percent.  PCE increased 3.9 percent,
compared with an increase of 3.6 percent.

Real DPI increased 2.5 percent in 2014, in contrast to a decrease of 0.2 percent in 2013.  Real PCE increased 2.5 percent,
compared with an increase of 2.4 percent.

                                Revisions

Estimates have been revised for October 2014 through January 2015.  Changes in personal income, in current-dollar and
chained (2009) dollar DPI, and in current-dollar and chained (2009) dollar PCE for December and January -- revised and as
published in last month's release -- are shown below.

                                                                Change from preceding month
                                        December                                  January
                                        Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised
                                       (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)      (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)
Personal income:
 Current dollars                            45.3      48.9        0.3       0.3       50.8      61.8        0.3       0.4
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                            37.3      40.3        0.3       0.3       52.6      61.5        0.4       0.5
 Chained (2009) dollars                     62.1      65.3        0.5       0.5      103.4     109.8        0.9       0.9
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                           -35.7     -20.2       -0.3      -0.2      -18.9     -28.5       -0.2      -0.2
 Chained (2009) dollars                     -7.3       7.5       -0.1       0.1       32.9      22.3        0.3       0.2

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