U.S. International Transactions, Fourth Quarter and Year 2021

Q4 2021
-$217.9B
Q3 2021
-$219.9B
Annual 2021
-$821.6B
Annual 2020
-$616.1B

The U.S. current-account deficit narrowed by $2.0 billion, or 0.9 percent, to $217.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The revised third-quarter deficit was $219.9 billion. The fourth-quarter deficit was 3.6 percent of current-dollar gross domestic product, down from 3.8 percent in the third quarter.

  • Current Release: March 24, 2022
  • Next Release: June 23, 2022
  • Data Archive Previously published estimates contain historical data and have since been revised. Please contact the International program area with questions
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What are the International Transactions Accounts?

Transactions in goods, services, income, and investment between U.S. residents and residents of other countries each quarter. The transactions reflect U.S. trade; income on stocks, bonds, and loans and related investment; foreign aid; and more.

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