Relative Change US GDP Components


This graphic shows pretty clearly that the most volatile GDP components are investment and net exports. Consumption, by comparison, barely moves over time.

Each category represents a specific sector of the economy:
Consumption: Households
Investment: Businesses
Government: Government (all levels)
Net Exports: Foreign

The relative change equals the share of the change divided by the share (based on two earlier posts).

The 2nd Quarter 2007 was the last quarter prior to the economic downturn.The 2nd Quarter 2010 has the most recent available data.

For comparison with the share of each sector in the overall economy, please see:

Data Source: 2nd Quarter 2007 and 2nd Quarter 2010 National Income and Product Accounts from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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