Sunday, February 14, 2016

Energy expenditures as a percentage of consumer spending

by Bill McBride on 2/14/2016 08:40:00 PM

Here is a graph of expenditures on energy goods and services as a percent of total personal consumption expenditures through December 2015.

This is one of the measures that Professor Hamilton at Econbrowser looks at to evaluate any drag on GDP from energy prices.

Energy Expenditures as Percent of GDP
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Data source: BEA Table 2.3.5U.

The huge spikes in energy prices during the oil crisis of 1973 and 1979 are obvious. As is the increase in energy prices during the 2001 through 2008 period.

When data for February is released - WTI oil futures are currently at $29 per barrel, down from $37 in December - we will probably see energy expenditures as a percent of PCE at all time lows.