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Real US household income took a significant dip in the last few months [ClearOnMoney]
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Real US household income took a significant dip in the last few months

29 Oct 2012 by Jim Fickett.

Today the BEA reported household income and spending through September. The most notable feature of the last few months' data is that both disposable personal income (income less taxes) and organic income (the same with government transfers subtracted out) took quite a noticeable dip in the last few months.

Hopefully this is a temporary phenomenon closely connected to the general weakening of conditions in the second and third quarters, now mostly past.

Still, this is the first time since the recession ended that household income has undergone a significant drop. That suggest that the recovery is not very robust. I do think we are reaching the limits of what stimulus can do.

Spending did not slow down:

(For sources see the Reference page NIPA personal income.)