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Kyle Brown: (202) 606-5302 (Personal Consumption Expenditures) pce@bea.gov

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PERSONAL INCOME AND OUTLAYS: SEPTEMBER 2011
Personal income increased $17.3 billion, or 0.1 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI)
increased $12.9 billion, or 0.1 percent, in September, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $68.7 billion, or 0.6 percent.  In August, personal
income decreased $13.6 billion, or 0.1 percent, DPI decreased $12.8 billion, or 0.1 percent, and PCE
increased $24.2 billion, or 0.2 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real disposable income decreased 0.1 percent in September, compared with a decrease of 0.4
percent in August.  Real PCE increased 0.5 percent, compared with a decrease of less than 0.1 percent.

                                        2011
                                        May             June            July            Aug.            Sept.
                                                       (Percent change from preceding month)
Personal income, current dollars        0.3             0.2             0.1            -0.1             0.1
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                        0.2             0.1             0.0            -0.1             0.1
 Chained (2005) dollars                 0.0             0.3            -0.3            -0.4            -0.1
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                        0.2            -0.2             0.9             0.2             0.6
 Chained (2005) dollars                 0.0            -0.1             0.5             0.0             0.5

                                Wages and salaries

Private wage and salary disbursements increased $17.9 billion in September, in contrast to a decrease
of $9.8 billion in August.  Goods-producing industries' payrolls increased $1.6 billion, in contrast
to a decrease of $3.5 billion; manufacturing payrolls decreased $1.1 billion, compared with a decrease
of $4.3 billion.  Services-producing industries' payrolls increased $16.3 billion, in contrast to a
decrease of $6.3 billion.  Government wage and salary disbursements decreased $0.7 billion, in contrast
to an increase of $1.3 billion.

                                Other personal income

Supplements to wages and salaries increased $2.9 billion in September, compared with an increase of
$1.5 billion in August.

Proprietors' income increased $2.3 billion in September, compared with an increase of $8.4 billion
in August.  Farm proprietors' income increased $1.3 billion, compared with an increase of $1.2 billion.
Nonfarm proprietors' income increased $1.0 billion, compared with an increase of $7.1 billion.

Rental income of persons increased $5.8 billion in September, compared with an increase of $5.6 billion
in August.  Personal income receipts on assets (personal interest income plus personal dividend income)
decreased $9.2 billion, compared with a decrease of $11.5 billion.

Personal current transfer receipts increased $0.6 billion in September, in contrast to a decrease of
$9.7 billion in August.  Government social benefits to persons for Medicaid decreased $5.3 billion,
compared with a decrease of $14.2 billion.

Contributions for government social insurance -- a subtraction in calculating personal income -- increased
$2.2 billion in September, in contrast to a decrease of $0.7 billion in August.

                                Personal current taxes and disposable personal income

Personal current taxes increased $4.5 billion in September, in contrast to a decrease of $0.8 billion in August.
Disposable personal income (DPI) -- personal income less personal current taxes -- increased $12.9 billion,
or 0.1 percent, in September, in contrast to a decrease of $12.8 billion, or 0.1 percent in August.


                                Personal outlays and personal saving

Personal outlays -- PCE, personal interest payments, and personal current transfer payments -- increased
$72.1 billion in September, compared with an increase of $27.6 billion in August.  PCE increased
$68.7 billion, compared with an increase of $24.2 billion.

Personal saving -- DPI less personal outlays -- was $419.8 billion in September, compared with $479.1 billion in
August.  Personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income was 3.6 percent in September, compared with
4.1 percent in August.  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.

                                Real DPI, real PCE and price index

Real DPI -- DPI adjusted to remove price changes -- decreased 0.1 percent in September, compared with a decrease of 0.4 percent in
August.

Real PCE -- PCE adjusted to remove price changes -- increased 0.5 percent in September, in contrast to a decrease of less than 0.1
percent in August.  Purchases of durable goods increased 2.6 percent, in contrast to a decrease of 1.0 percent.
Purchases of motor vehicles and parts accounted for more than half of the increase in September, and more than accounted
for the decrease in August.  Purchases of nondurable goods increased 0.5 percent in September, in contrast to a
decrease of 0.1 percent in August.  Purchases of services increased 0.1 percent, the same increase as in August.

PCE price index -- The price index for PCE increased 0.2 percent in September, compared with an increase of 0.3 percent
in August.  The PCE price index, excluding food and energy, decreased less than 0.1 percent, in contrast to an increase of 0.2 percent.

                                Revisions

Estimates have been revised for July and August.  Changes in personal income, current-dollar and chained (2005) dollar DPI,
and current-dollar and chained (2005) dollar PCE for July and August -- revised and as published in last month's release -- are shown below.

                                                                Change from preceding month
                                        July                                      August
                                        Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised   Previous   Revised
                                       (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)      (Billions of dollars)      (Percent)
Personal income:
 Current dollars                            17.1       6.9        0.1       0.1       -7.3     -13.6       -0.1      -0.1
Disposable personal income:
 Current dollars                            14.4       3.1        0.1       0.0       -5.0     -12.8        0.0      -0.1
 Chained (2005) dollars                    -24.7     -35.6       -0.2      -0.3      -29.2     -38.1       -0.3      -0.4
Personal consumption expenditures:
 Current dollars                            76.6      96.0        0.7       0.9       22.7      24.2        0.2       0.2
 Chained (2005) dollars                     32.8      48.9        0.4       0.5       -3.0      -3.8        0.0       0.0

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Month-to-month dollar changes are differences between these published estimates.  Month-to-month percent changes
are calculated from unrounded data and are not annualized.  “Real” estimates are in chained (2005) dollars.