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BEA to Release 2013 Statistics on Real Personal Income for States and Metro Areas July 1

The Bureau of Economic Analysis will publish real personal income statistics for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all metropolitan areas on Wednesday, July 1 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time.

The report provides annual statistics for 2013. These statistics use regional price parities in combination with the personal consumption expenditure price index to adjust BEA’s personal income data for differences in price levels across the country and over time.

These statistics offer insight into the relative purchasing power of consumers in different states and metropolitan areas. In addition, the data can be used by businesses and households alike to inform their decision making – from deciding where to move for a new job or locate a new store to helping economic development offices chart regional marketing plans.

Real Consumer Spending Rises in May

June_25 thursdayPersonal income increased 0.5 percent in May, the same increase as in April. Wages and salaries, the largest component of  personal income, rose 0.5 percent in May after rising 0.3 percent in April.

Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, increased 0.5 percent in May after rising 0.4 percent in April.

Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.2 percent in May after increasing 0.4 percent April.

Real consumer spending (PCE), spending adjusted for price changes, increased 0.6 percent in May after remaining flat in April. Spending on durable goods increased 2.3 percent in May after decreasing 0.1 percent in April.

PCE prices increased 0.3 percent in May, after remaining flat in April. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in May, the same increase as in April.

Personal saving rate
Personal saving as a percent of DPI was 5.1 percent in May and 5.4 percent in April.Real DPI June 25For more information, read the full report.

First-Quarter GDP Revised Up

Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was revised up 0.5 percentage point from the “second” estimate released in May. In the fourth quarter of 2014, real GDP increased 2.2 percent.June 24 pt 2

GDP highlights
The first-quarter decline in real GDP reflected declines in exports of goods, notably capital goods as well as autos and parts; in business investment, notably in mining exploration, shafts, and wells; and in state and local government spending.

Partly offsetting the contributions to the decline in GDP, consumer spending on services rose, notably on health care and on housing and utilities. Also, inventory investment and housing investment rose.

Revisions
The percent change in first-quarter real GDP was revised up, mainly reflecting up revisions to exports, consumer spending, inventory investment, business investment, and state and local government spending. Partly offsetting these revisions, imports was revised up.

For more information, see the technical note.

Personal income and personal saving
Real disposable personal income (DPI) – personal income adjusted for inflation and taxes – increased 5.3 percent in the first quarter, compared with 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter. Personal saving as a percentage of current-dollar DPI was 5.4 percent, compared with 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

GDP June 24

Corporate profits
Corporate profits decreased 5.2 percent at a quarterly rate in the first quarter after decreasing 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Profits of domestic nonfinancial corporations fell 6.1 percent after rising 1.4 percent.
  • Profits of domestic financial corporations fell 0.5 percent after falling 2.7 percent.
  • Profits from the rest of the world fell 7.7 percent after falling 8.8 percent.

Over the last 4 quarters, corporate profits increased 4.5 percent.

For more information, read the full report.