U.S. Economy Grew Only 0.1 Percent Last Quarter

Since the following economic news wasn’t being talked about too much in the mainstream media Thursday, I thought I’d share it here. From the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis website:

National Income and Product Accounts
Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and annual 2012 (second estimate)

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the “advance” estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, real GDP declined 0.1 percent. The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP is smaller than the average revision from the advance to second estimate of 0.5 percentage point. While today’s release has revised the direction of change in real GDP, the general picture of the economy for the fourth quarter remains largely the same as what was presented last month (for more information, see “Revisions” on page 3).

All that government intervention, all that stimulus, all that new debt. To which I say:

“Keepin’ your head above water…”

You can read the entire news release on the BEA webpage here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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