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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Trade Deficit Increases in November

by Calculated Risk on 1/12/2010 08:31:00 AM

The Census Bureau reports:

The ... total November exports of $138.2 billion and imports of $174.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $36.4 billion, up from $33.2 billion in October, revised. November exports were $1.2 billion more than October exports of $137.0 billion. November imports were $4.4 billion more than October imports of $170.2 billion.
U.S. Trade Exports Imports Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the monthly U.S. exports and imports in dollars through November 2009.

Both imports and exports increased in November. On a year-over-year basis, exports are off 2.3% and imports are off 5.5%.

The second graph shows the U.S. trade deficit, with and without petroleum, through November.

U.S. Trade Deficit The blue line is the total deficit, and the black line is the petroleum deficit, and the red line is the trade deficit ex-petroleum products.

Import oil prices increased to $72.54 in November - up 85% from the low in February (at $39.22).

Oil import volumes are off 8% from last November.

Overall trade continues to increase, although both imports and exports are still off significantly from the pre-financial crisis levels. Net export growth had been one of the positives for the U.S. economy - but now imports are growing faster than exports.