U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Short-Term Energy Outlook
U.S. Economic Assumptions
Recent Economic Indicators
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that real gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014, lower than the initial estimate of 2.6%. Estimated growth for 2014 as a whole is now 2.4%.
EIA used the February 2015 version of the IHS macroeconomic model with EIA's energy price forecasts as model inputs to develop the economic projections in the STEO.
Production, Income, and Employment
Forecast real GDP growth reaches 2.7% in 2015, then declines to 2.4% in 2016. Growth is expected to rise in 2015 because of greater business investment spending and increases in consumer purchases. However, a stronger dollar and lower demand from slower-growing economies are expected to reduce export growth and raise import growth. Real disposable income grows by 3.2% in 2015, below the 3.3% forecast last month, and by 2.4% in 2016. Total industrial production grows by 2.3% in 2015 and by 3.4% in 2016. Projected growth in nonfarm employment averages 2.1% in 2015 and 1.6% in 2016.
Forecast private real fixed investment growth averages 5.3% and 5.8% in 2015 and 2016, respectively, led by growth in equipment in 2015 and 2016 and by growth in equipment and structures in 2016. Real consumption expenditures grow faster than real GDP in 2015 and 2016, at 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. Durable goods expenditures drive consumption spending in both years. Export growth is 3.2% and 3.6% over the same two years, while import growth is 5.8% in 2015 and 4.5% in 2016. Total government expenditures rise 1.0% in 2015 and 0.5% in 2016.
|U.S. Economic Assumptions|
|2013||2014||2015 projected||2016 projected|
|Economic Output, Income, and Expenditures||(billion chained 2009 dollars)|
|Real Gross Domestic Product||15710||16090||16525||16927|
|percent change from prior year||2.2||2.4||2.7||2.4|
|Real Disposable Personal Income||11651||11936||12321||12618|
|percent change from prior year||-0.2||2.4||3.2||2.4|
|Real Personal Consumption Expenditures||10700||10968||11326||11630|
|Real Fixed Investment||2479||2608||2748||2906|
|Business Inventory Change||74.05||90.45||76.20||45.35|
|Production and Price Indexes|
|Manufacturing Production Index (2007=100)||97.9||101.6||104.6||108.3|
|percent change from prior year||2.9||3.8||3.0||3.5|
|Consumer Price Index (1982-1984=1.00)||2.33||2.37||2.37||2.44|
|Producer Price Index: All Commodities (1982=1.00)||2.03||2.05||1.97||2.03|
|Producer Price Index: Petroleum (1982=1.00)||2.95||2.78||1.87||2.21|
|GDP Implicit Price Deflator (2005=100)||106.7||108.3||110.1||112.3|
Interactive Data Viewers
|Table 1. U.S. Energy Markets Summary|
|Table 9a. U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators and CO2 Emissions|
|Table 9b. U.S. Regional Macroeconomic Data|
|U.S. Annual Energy Expenditures||XLSX||PNG|
|U.S. Total Industrial Production Index||XLSX||PNG|
|U.S. Disposable Income||XLSX||PNG|