GDP Charts

Thursday, May 01, 2008 | 08:45 AM
Brian Jacobs sends us these great GDP charts (below), along with this overview:

What was Up in the GDP data:
• Imports (oil)
• Exports (worth less to be worthless dollar)
• Government spending (national defense up 6% - Iraq war?)
What was Down in the GDP data:
• Personal consumption (besides services which are likely required - i.e. day care)
• Private investment down BIG across the board
And this cool GDP chart porn:



Great charts -- thanks Brian!

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Two factors normally account for about half of real PCE of services.

One is the imputed value of housing. In the gdp accounts housing is treated like business capital spending is in standard accounting.
The imputed value of housing is treated very much the way a business depreciates a large lump sum investment over several years. So it rises every quarter of month.

The second is health care services such as hospital stays or nursing home spending. this also goes up every quarter.

the change in Real PCE over the last four months has been:

dec -0.1
jan 0.1
feb 0.0
mar 0.1

So essentially all of the growth in real pce has been from these two factors.

Posted by: spencer | May 1, 2008 9:05:06 AM

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