Transportation spending brakes in 1997
March 23, 1999
After having risen by 6.1 percent the previous year, spending on transportation increased by only 1.2 percent in 1997. Consumer units spent an average of $6,457 for transportation-related expenditures during the year.
Vehicle purchases are the largest transportation component and accounted for 42 percent of transportation spending in 1997. During the year, spending on vehicle purchases dropped by 2.8 percent, after rising 6.7 percent in 1996. Vehicle purchases fluctuate widely from year to year because relatively small changes in the percentage of consumer units buying expensive, infrequently purchased vehicles have a large effect on the average.
Spending on public transportation decreased 8.0 percent in 1997, following a 20.3-percent increase the previous year. Public transportation includes airline, ship, and train fares, as well as mass transit.
While expenditures on vehicle purchases and public transportation fell in 1997, spending on "other vehicle expenses" and on gasoline and motor oil increased, by 8.4 percent and 1.5 percent respectively. Other vehicle expenses account for about a third of overall transportation costs and include vehicle finance charges, maintenance and repairs, vehicle insurance, and vehicle rentals and leasing.
These data are a product of the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey. Additional information is available from "Consumer Expenditures in 1997", Report 927.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Transportation spending brakes in 1997 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/mar/wk4/art02.htm (visited April 25, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.