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Welcome to Trade Ticker - the web's only up-to-the-second counter for the U.S. Trade Deficit.

What does this number actually mean?
The number above represents the U.S. trade deficit, up until this second, for the year 2014. A trade deficit is a calculation of the difference between the goods and services Americans sell to foreigners and the goods and services that Americans purchase from foreigners. A trade deficit with one country or in one year is not necessarily worrisome, and according to standard economic theory, will correct itself over time. But the theory has been proved wrong over the last 30 years as the United States has run consistent and increasing trade deficits. The enormous size of the trade deficits over the last several years raises the possibility of a severe international economic crisis should foreigners begin to dump the dollars they hold in world currency markets. The trade deficit is calculated on an annual basis, so the number above was $0.00 on January 1st, 2014.

How is it calculated?
The figures for each month's trade deficit are published to the general public approximately two months after the last day of the month. For example, the final trade deficit for January 2001 was published in March 2001. The Trade Ticker records the monthly trade deficit when it is published, and calculates the number above, to the nearest second. The running total for the year is calculated, then the average increment per second is added for every second since the release of the latest figures.

The number looks like a lot of money, but what does it mean for me?
Thousands of U.S. layoffs occur every week. You only have to look at AmericanEconomicAlert.org's news section to see the number of US jobs that are being cut across a wide range of industries. A high percentage of these layoffs are as a direct result of competition from foreign companies. Eventually, as more and more money leaves the U.S., our businesses will be powerless to prevent further such activity.


Monthly Trade Figures Since January 2003

Month US Trade Deficit ($ millions)
September 2014$43,032
August 2014$39,991
July 2014$40,506
June 2014$40,814
May 2014$43,465
April 2014$45,977
March 2014$43,124
February 2014$42,230
January 2014$39,181
December 2013$37,444
November 2013$38,782
October 2013$40,159
September 2013$39,991
August 2013$37,214
July 2013$38,861
June 2013$39,119
May 2013$39,836
April 2013$39,701
March 2013$40,623
February 2013$41,214
January 2013$42,279
December 2012$38,114
November 2012$48,228
October 2012$42,046
September 2012$40,345
August 2012$42,552
July 2012$41,944
June 2012$40,921
May 2012$47,009
April 2012$49,726
March 2012$51,726
February 2012$44,586
January 2012$52,288
December 2011$50,421
November 2011$47,542
October 2011$43,121
September 2011$44,009
August 2011$45,091
July 2011$45,613
June 2011$51,774
May 2011$50,210
April 2011$43,231
March 2011$46,059
February 2011$45,381
January 2011$47,521
December 2010$40,264
November 2010$38,239
October 2010$38,227
September 2010$44,079
August 2010$46,316
July 2010$42,226
June 2010$49,941
May 2010$41,996
April 2010$40,571
March 2010$39,506
February 2010$39,718
January 2010$34,647
December 2009$39,902
November 2009$36,114
October 2009$32,933
September 2009$35,281
August 2009$29,938
July 2009$31,165
June 2009$26,876
May 2009$25,763
April 2009$28,440
March 2009$28,816
February 2009$26,504
January 2009$36,901
December 2008$48,165
November 2008$54,259
October 2008$58,030
September 2008$58,135
August 2008$60,244
July 2008$62,505
June 2008$59,135
May 2008$59,790
April 2008$60,498
March 2008$56,491
February 2008$60,573
January 2008$57,856
December 2007$57,896
November 2007$62,408
October 2007$57,586
September 2007$56,945
August 2007$56,729
July 2007$58,895
June 2007$59,983
May 2007$60,274
April 2007$59,213
March 2007$63,035
February 2007$58,228
January 2007$57,356
December 2006$61,453
November 2006$58,214
October 2006$58,926
September 2006$64,603
August 2006$68,915
July 2006$67,882
June 2006$64,695
May 2006$65,340
April 2006$63,598
March 2006$62,266
February 2006$62,912
January 2006$66,470
December 2005$65,074
November 2005$64,462
October 2005$67,836
September 2005$65,585
August 2005$58,462
July 2005$57,355
June 2005$59,130
May 2005$55,971
April 2005$57,681
March 2005$53,754
February 2005$60,114
January 2005$58,267
December 2004$54,672
November 2004$58,977
October 2004$55,574
September 2004$51,939
August 2004$54,195
July 2004$51,331
June 2004$54,894
May 2004$48,472
April 2004$48,406
March 2004$46,966
Feb 2004$45,834
Jan 2004$46,053
Dec 2003$43,742
Nov 2003$39,559
Oct 2003$41,126
Sept 2003$41,645
Aug 2003$40,125
Jul 2003$40,929
Jun 2003$39,882
May 2003$40,792
April 2003$42,176
Mar 2003$43,543
Feb 2003$40,073
Jan 2003$41,218