The State of America’s Private Sector 30: March, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released their monthly personal income data for March, 2012 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to March 2012. For March, the private sector share of personal income was 71.27 percent.

While the private sector continues to claw it’s way back up (after cratering in May, 2009 at 69.06 percent), the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent set in June 2007. With the aging of the baby boomers and Obamacare looming, it’s doubtbul that we will ever get back to pre-recession levels. We will all be poorer as a result of a smaller private sector.

 Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income by Month from January 1959 to March 2012

However, while the private sector has been gaining ground, there is other less rosy news. The chart below shows, on a monthly basis, the contributions paid into Social Security and Medicare (red line) via the payroll tax versus the benefits paid-out by Social Security and Medicare (green line). While contributions are finally growing again, benefits paid-out have been growing faster.  In fact, in March, the gap between the two set an all-time record of $351.6 billion–more benefits being paid than taxes being collected.

Chart Showing Growing Gap Between Contributions and Benefits for Social Security and Medicare January 1959 to March 2012

The State of America’s Private Sector 29: December, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released their monthly personal income data for December, 2011 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to December2011. For December, the private sector share of personal income was 70.88 percent.

While the private sector continues to claw it’s way back up (after cratering in May, 2009 at 69.06 percent), the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent in June 2007. With the aging of the baby boomers and Obamacare looming, it’s doubtbul that we will ever get back to pre-recession levels. We will all be poorer as a result of a smaller private sector.

Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income by Month from January 1959 to December 2011

The State of America’s Private Sector 28: October, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released their monthly personal income data for October, 2011 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to October 2011. For October, the private sector share of personal income was 70.8 percent.  While a tad higher than September, it’s only because the previous months have been revised lower.  So, technically, the private sector made no headway.

While the trend has been up over the last year (after cratering in May, 2009 at 69.06 percent), the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent in June 2007. With the aging of the baby boomers and Obamacare looming, it’s doubtbul that we will ever get back to pre-recession levels.

 Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income by Month from January 1959 to October 2011

The State of America’s Private Sector 27: September, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released their monthly personal income data for September 2011 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to September 2011. For September, the private sector share of personal income was 70.8 percent–up 0.04 percentage points from August (which was revised upward slightly).

While the trend has been up for the last few months (after cratering in May, 2009 at 69.06 percent), the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent in June 2007. With the aging of the baby boomers and Obamacare looming, it’s doubtbul that we will ever get back to pre-recession levels.

 Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income by Month from January 1959 to September 2011

The State of America’s Private Sector 26: August, 2011

On Friday the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released their monthly personal income data for August 2011 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to June 2011. For August, the private sector share of personal income was 70.74 percent–up 0.04 percentage points from July. While the trend has been up for the last few months, the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent in June 2007.

Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income in August 2011

However, while the private sector has been gaining ground, there is other less rosy news. The chart below shows, on a monthly basis, the contributions paid into Social Security and Medicare (red line) via the payroll tax versus the benefits paid-out by Social Security and Medicare (green line). In August, the gap between the two set an all-time record of $348.2 billion–more benefits being paid than taxes being collected.

Chart Showing Growing Gap Between Contributions and Benefits for Social Security and Medicare August 2011