Diminishing Deficit

The US trade deficit was $38.8 billion in August, virtually unchanged from July and has been hovering around $40 billion/month since early 2010. Before the Great Recession, it was about $60 billion/month. The difference, oil imports are down about $20 billion/month due to rising domestic production. Our deficit with China was $29.9 billion last month. Excluding China and oil, we have a surplus of about $10 billion/month with everyone else.

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