Posts Tagged 'personal income'



BEA Introduces New Measures of the Regional Economy—Estimates of Real Personal Income for Metropolitan Areas, 2008–2012

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released real, price-adjusted estimates of personal income for states and metropolitan areas for 2008-2012. The price-adjustments are based on regional price parities (RPPs) and on BEA’s national Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index. The RPPs measure geographic differences in the price levels of consumption goods and services relative to the national average, and the PCE price index measures national price changes over time. Using the RPPs in combination with the PCE price index allows for comparisons of the purchasing power of personal income across regions and over time. These estimates are being released for the first time as official statistics.*

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Growth in real metropolitan area personal income from 2011 to 2012 ranged from a decline of 3.8% in Kennewick-Richland, WA to an increase of 10.2% in Odessa, TX. After Odessa, TX, the metropolitan areas with largest growth rates of real personal income were Midland, TX (9.6%), Greenville, NC (9.0%), Jackson, TN (8.1%), and Columbus, IN (7.6%). After Kennewick-Richland, WA, the metropolitan areas with the largest declines were Watertown-Fort Drum, NY (-2.5%), State College, PA (-2.4%), Hanford-Corcoran, CA (-2.3%), and Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ (-1.7%).

* Prototype statistics were released for evaluation and comment by users on June 12, 2013.

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Real Consumer Spending Rises in February

PersInc_Feb_2014Personal income increased 0.3 percent in February, the same as in January. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.2 percent after increasing 0.3 percent.

Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, increased 0.3 percent in February, the same as in January.

Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.3 percent in February after increasing 0.2 percent in January.

Real consumer spending, spending adjusted for price changes, increased 0.2 percent in February after increasing 0.1 percent in January. Spending on nondurable goods increased 0.3 percent after decreasing 0.9 percent.

PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in February, the same increase as in January. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices rose 0.1 percent in February.

Personal saving as a percent of DPI–the personal saving rate–was 4.3 percent in February and 4.2 percent in January.

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Personal Income Remained Flat in December

pi1Personal income remained flat in December after increasing 0.2 percent in November. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, also remained flat after rising 0.5 percent.

Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, remained flat in December after increasing 0.1 percent in November.

Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, decreased 0.2 percent in December after increasing 0.1 percent in November.

Real consumer spending, spending adjusted for price changes, increased 0.2 percent in December after increasing 0.6 percent in November. Spending on durable goods decreased in December after increasing in November.

PCE prices increased 0.2 percent in December after remaining flat in November. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices rose 0.1 percent in December.

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Personal saving as a percent of DPI was 3.9 percent in December and 4.3 percent in November.

To learn more about personal income and outlays, read the full report.