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Personal Income 2010

PERSONAL INCOME AND OUTLAYS: JANUARY 2010

Personal income increased $11.4 billion, or 0.1 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $47.6 billion, or 0.4 percent, in January, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The decrease in DPI reflected an increase in federal nonwithheld income taxes. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $52.4 billion, or 0.5 percent. In December, personal income increased $41.2 billion, or 0.3 percent, DPI increased $40.3 billion, or 0.4 percent, and PCE increased $26.4 billion, or 0.3 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real disposable income decreased 0.6 percent in January, in contrast to an increase of 0.2 percent in December. Real PCE increased 0.3 percent, compared with an increase of 0.1 percent.

Wages and salaries
Private wage and salary disbursements increased $16.1 billion in January, compared with an increase of $2.3 billion in December. Goods-producing industries’ payrolls increased $5.2 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $3.2 billion; manufacturing payrolls increased $5.0 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $1.5 billion. Services-producing industries’ payrolls increased $10.8 billion, compared with an increase of $5.5 billion.

Government wage and salary disbursements increased $6.1 billion, compared with an increase of $2.7 billion. Pay raises for federal civilian and military personnel added $7.1 billion to government payrolls in January.

Personal outlays and personal saving
Personal outlays — PCE, personal interest payments, and personal current transfer payments — increased $53.0 billion in January, compared with an increase of $21.6 billion in December. PCE increased $52.4 billion, compared with an increase of $26.4 billion.

Personal saving — DPI less personal outlays — was $367.2 billion in January, compared with $467.9 billion in December. Personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income was 3.3 percent in January, compared with 4.2 percent in December. For a comparison of personal saving in BEA’s national income and product accounts with personal saving in the Federal Reserve Board’s flow of funds accounts and data on changes in net worth, go to http://www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/Nipa-Frb.asp.

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