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Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Trade Deficit decreased to $63.2 Billion in November

by Calculated Risk on 1/09/2024 08:30:00 AM

The Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported:

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $63.2 billion in November, down $1.3 billion from $64.5 billion in October, revised.

November exports were $253.7 billion, $4.8 billion less than October exports. November imports were $316.9 billion, $6.1 billion less than October imports.
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U.S. Trade Exports Imports Click on graph for larger image.

Both exports imports decreased in November.

Exports are up 0.4% year-over-year; imports are unchanged year-over-year.

Both imports and exports decreased sharply due to COVID-19 and then bounced back - imports and exports are moving sideways 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.

Note that net, exports of petroleum products are positive and have been increasing.

The trade deficit with China increased to $21.6 billion from $21.1 billion a year ago.