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Trade Deficit Decreased to $70.1 Billion in July

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by Calculated Risk on 9/02/2021 08:46:00 AM

From the Department of Commerce reported:

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced
today that the goods and services deficit was $70.1 billion in July, down $3.2 billion from $73.2 billion in
June, revised.

July exports were $212.8 billion, $2.8 billion more than June exports. July imports were $282.9 billion, $0.4
billion less than June imports.

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Click on graph for larger image.

Exports increased and imports decreased in July.

Exports are up 25% compared to July 2020; imports are up 22% compared to July 2020.

Both imports and exports decreased sharply due to COVID-19, and have now bounced back (imports more than exports),

The second graph shows the U.S. trade deficit, with and without petroleum.

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, imports and exports of petroleum products are close to zero.

The trade deficit with China decreased to $28.6 billion in July, from $31.6 billion in July 2020.

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