Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trade Deficit increased to $48.2 billion in March

by Calculated Risk on 5/11/2011 08:40:00 AM

The Department of Commerce reports:

[T]otal March exports of $172.7 billion and imports of $220.8 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $48.2 billion, up from $45.4 billion in February, revised. March exports were $7.7 billion more than February exports of $165.0 billion. March imports were $10.4 billion more than February imports of $210.4 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 March 2011.

Both imports and exports increased in March (seasonally adjusted). Exports are well above the pre-recession peak, but imports are now increasing at a faster rate - mostly because of oil prices.

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

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.

The petroleum deficit increased sharply in March as both the quantity and price increased - prices averaged $93.76 per barrel in March, up from $87.17 in February. Prices will be even higher in April.

The trade deficit was larger than the expected $47 billion.