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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in October From a Nearly 3-Year Low

Posted December 06, 2016

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Josh Boak – Associated Press)

The U.S. trade deficit climbed in October from its lowest monthly level in nearly three years. Imports of consumer goods such as medicine, cellphones and clothing increased, while exports of soybeans, gold and artwork tumbled_which fueled the monthly widening of the trade gap.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the deficit rose to $42.6 billion in October, up 17.8 per cent from September. The $36.2 billion trade deficit in September was the lowest since December 2013.

Reducing the trade deficit has become a primary focus of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump cites the trade imbalance as evidence that the United States has to signed misguided trade agreements that have hurt U.S. economic growth and cost jobs. Click here to read more.

Related: U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services – October 2016 (Bureau of Economic Analysis, Dept. of Commerce)