Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Trade Deficit decreased to $51.1 Billion in January

by Calculated Risk on 3/27/2019 08:52:00 AM

From the Department of Commerce reported:

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $51.1 billion in January, down $8.8 billion from $59.9 billion in December, revised.

January exports were $207.3 billion, $1.9 billion more than December exports. January imports were $258.5 billion, $6.8 billion less than December imports.
U.S. Trade Exports Imports Click on graph for larger image.

Exports increased and imports decreased in January.

Exports are 25% above the pre-recession peak and up 3% compared to January 2018; imports are 11% above the pre-recession peak, and up 2% compared to January 2018.

In general, trade has been picking up, although both imports and exports have declined slightly recently.

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

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.

Oil imports averaged $42.59 in January, up from $50.27 in January, and down from $54.76 in January 2018.

The trade deficit with China decreased to $34.5 billion in January, from $36.0 billion in January 2018.