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Technical: James Rankin (301) 278-9087 (Personal Income) piniwd@bea.gov
  Harvey Davis (301) 278-9086 (PCE) pce@bea.gov
Media: Jeannine Aversa (301) 278-9003   jeannine.aversa@bea.gov
PERSONAL INCOME AND OUTLAYS, MAY 2017
Personal income increased $67.1 billion (0.4 percent) in May according to estimates released today by the Bureau
of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $71.7 billion (0.5 percent) and personal
consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $7.3 billion (0.1 percent).

Real DPI increased 0.6 percent in May and Real PCE increased 0.1 percent. The PCE price index decreased 0.1 percent.
Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.1 percent.

                                                                2017
                                                Jan.    Feb.    Mar.    Apr.    May
                                                Percent change from preceding month
Personal income:
 Current dollars                                0.6     0.5     0.2     0.3     0.4
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                                0.6     0.4     0.2     0.3     0.5
 Chained (2009) dollars                         0.1     0.3     0.4     0.2     0.6
Personal consumption expenditures (PCE):
 Current dollars                                0.2     0.1     0.4     0.4     0.1
 Chained (2009) dollars                        -0.3     0.0     0.6     0.2     0.1
Price indexes:
 PCE                                            0.4     0.1    -0.2     0.2    -0.1
 PCE, excluding food and energy                 0.3     0.2    -0.1     0.1     0.1

Price indexes:                                  Percent change from month one year ago
 PCE                                            1.9     2.1     1.8     1.7     1.4
 PCE, excluding food and energy                 1.8     1.8     1.6     1.5     1.4

The increase in personal income in May primarily reflected increases in personal dividend income, compensation of
employees, and nonfarm proprietors’ income.

The largest contributor to the increase in real PCE in May was spending for services (table 7), specifically electricity
and gas.

Personal outlays increased $9.5 billion in May (table 3). Personal saving was $791.0 billion in May and the personal
saving rate, personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income, was 5.5 percent (table 1).

                                Updates

Estimates have been updated for January through April. The percent change from the preceding month for current-dollar
personal income and for current-dollar and chained (2009) dollar DPI and PCE -- revised and previously published -- are
shown below for March and April.

                                                        Change from preceding month
                                                 March                                     April
                                Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised
                               (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)      (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)
Personal income:
 Current dollars                    36.5      32.9        0.2       0.2       58.4      45.0        0.4       0.3
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                    32.1      28.2        0.2       0.2       56.5      47.4        0.4       0.3
 Chained (2009) dollars             57.4      53.8        0.4       0.4       26.2      20.2        0.2       0.2
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                    40.5      49.2        0.3       0.4       53.2      49.2        0.4       0.4
 Chained (2009) dollars             62.4      70.0        0.5       0.6       25.3      23.7        0.2       0.2


                Upcoming Annual Update of the National Income and Product Accounts

As part of the annual update of the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), revised estimates of
personal income and outlays will be released with initial estimates for June 2017 on
August 1, 2017. This regular update of the accounts will cover the most recent 3 years and the first
5 months of 2017. For more information, see the GDP Technical Note.


                                Next release:  August 1, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. EDT
                                   Personal Income and Outlays:  June 2017

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Definitions

Personal income is the income received by, or on behalf of, all persons from all sources:  from
participation as laborers in production, from owning a home or business, from the ownership of
financial assets, and from government and business in the form of transfers. It includes income from
domestic sources as well as the rest of world. It does not include realized or unrealized capital gains or
losses.

Disposable personal income is the income available to persons for spending or saving. It is equal to
personal income less personal current taxes.

Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) is the value of the goods and services purchased by, or on the
behalf of, “persons” who reside in the United States.

Personal outlays is the sum of PCE, personal interest payments, and personal current transfer payments.

Personal saving is personal income less personal outlays and personal current taxes.

The personal saving rate is personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income.

Current-dollar estimates are valued in the prices of the period when the transactions occurred—that is,
at “market value.” Also referred to as “nominal estimates” or as “current-price estimates.”

Real values are inflation-adjusted estimates—that is, estimates that exclude the effects of price changes.

For more definitions, see the Glossary: National Income and Product Accounts.


Statistical conventions

Annual rates. Monthly and quarterly values are expressed at seasonally-adjusted annual rates (SAAR).
Dollar changes are calculated as the difference between these SAAR values. For detail, see the FAQ
“Why does BEA publish estimates at annual rates?”

Month-to-month percent changes are calculated from unrounded data and are not annualized.

Quarter-to-quarter percent changes are calculated from unrounded data and are displayed at annual
rates. For detail, see the FAQ “How is average annual growth calculated?”

Quantities and prices. Quantities, or “real” volume measures, and prices are expressed as index
numbers with a specified reference year equal to 100 (currently 2009). Quantity and price indexes are
calculated using a Fisher-chained weighted formula that incorporates weights from two adjacent
periods (quarters for quarterly data and annuals for annual data). “Real” dollar series are calculated by
multiplying the published quantity index by the current dollar value in the reference year (2009) and
then dividing by 100. Percent changes calculated from real quantity indexes and chained-dollar levels
are conceptually the same; any differences are due to rounding.

Chained-dollar values are not additive because the relative weights for a given period differ from those
of the reference year.