The current account gap in the US widened to $190 billion, or 3.3% of the GDP in the second quarter of 2021 from a downwardly revised $89 billion in the prior period and compared to forecasts of a $191 billion shortfall. It is the highest current account deficit since the Q2 of 2007, mainly reflecting reduced surpluses on services and on primary income that were mostly offset by a reduced deficit on secondary income. The services surplus shrank to $61 billion from $63 billion in Q1 amid higher demand for sea freight and air passenger transport and other personal travel; and the primary income surplus also fell slightly to $49 billion from $50 billion. Also, the secondary income gap narrowed to $31 billion from $34 billion, with decreases in both receipts and payments. The goods deficit rose slightly to $269.7 billion from $268.9 billion in Q1, led by imports of industrial supplies and materials, mainly petroleum and products and metals and nonmetallic products. source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Current Account in the United States averaged -52198.20 USD Million from 1960 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 9957 USD Million in the first quarter of 1991 and a record low of -218442 USD Million in the third quarter of 2006. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Current Account - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Current Account - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2021.

Current Account in the United States is expected to be -197000.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United States Current Account is projected to trend around -137000.00 USD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Current Account


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-23 12:30 PM Q1 $-195.7B $-175.1B $-206.8B $-193B
2021-09-21 12:30 PM Q2 $-190.3B $-189.4B $-191B $-192B
2021-12-21 01:30 PM Q3 $-190.3B


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Current Account -190282.00 -189424.00 USD Million Jun/21
Current Account to GDP -3.10 -2.20 percent of GDP Dec/20
External Debt 22595448.00 21764799.00 USD Million Jun/21
Terms of Trade 112.71 111.31 points Sep/21
Foreign Direct Investment 66844.00 54982.00 USD Million Jun/21

News Stream
US Posts Widest Current Account Gap in 14 Years
The current account gap in the US widened to $190 billion, or 3.3% of the GDP in the second quarter of 2021 from a downwardly revised $89 billion in the prior period and compared to forecasts of a $191 billion shortfall. It is the highest current account deficit since the Q2 of 2007, mainly reflecting reduced surpluses on services and on primary income that were mostly offset by a reduced deficit on secondary income. The services surplus shrank to $61 billion from $63 billion in Q1 amid higher demand for sea freight and air passenger transport and other personal travel; and the primary income surplus also fell slightly to $49 billion from $50 billion. Also, the secondary income gap narrowed to $31 billion from $34 billion, with decreases in both receipts and payments. The goods deficit rose slightly to $269.7 billion from $268.9 billion in Q1, led by imports of industrial supplies and materials, mainly petroleum and products and metals and nonmetallic products.
2021-09-21
US Current Account Gap Highest since 2007
The current account deficit in the US widened to $195.7 billion or 3.6% of the GDP in the first quarter of 2021 from a downwardly revised $175.1 billion in the previous period and compared to forecasts of a $206.8 billion. It is the highest current account deficit since the first quarter of 2007, due to an increased deficit on goods and a reduced surplus on primary income. Both exports and imports were up led by industrial supplies and materials, primarily petroleum and products, that were partly offset by a decrease in automotive vehicles, parts, and engines. Receipts of primary income increased, mostly due to direct investment income, primarily earnings. Payments also went up, mainly earnings and interest on long-term debt securities. Receipts of secondary income rose, mostly reflecting primarily public sector fines and penalties. Payments of secondary income increased, namely general government transfers, primarily international cooperation.
2021-06-23
US Current Account Gap Highest since 2007
US current account gap widened by $7.6 billion to $188.5 billion in Q4 2020, which is equivalent to 3.5% of the GDP. It is the biggest current account gap since Q2 2007 as the goods deficit widened and the services surplus declined. The goods deficit increased to $253 billion from $248 billion in Q3 led by imports of industrial supplies and materials; automotive vehicles, parts, and engines; and consumer goods. Meanwhile, the services surplus shrank to $53 billion from $56 billion in Q3 as purchases of personal travel and sea freight transport grew. In contrast, the secondary income deficit narrowed ($-36 billion vs $-38 billion), reflecting a decrease in private transfers, mostly fines and penalties, that was partly offset by an increase in general government transfers, primary taxes on income and wealth. Considering full 2020, the current account deficit increased sharply to $647 billion from $480 billion, the highest since 2008 and equivalent to 3.1% of the GDP.
2021-03-23

United States Current Account
Current Account is the sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid).