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Chart of US Gross Domestic Product, 1929-2004

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Chart of Gross Domestic Product, 1929-2004

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Chart of Gross Domestic Product Percentage Change, 1929-2004

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Chart of Gross Domestic Product, 1929-2004

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Description and comments

The Gross Domestic Product is a measure of the value of economic production.

The semilog scale used in the top chart above is better for displaying growth processes such as the US economy over time. The fact that the lines are fairly straight after the Great Depression shows that economic growth has been fairly steady.

In the percentage change chart, note the high variation during the Great Depression and WWII periods. After that, the percentage changes are smaller, but usually above zero, enough for substantial growth over time.

Table format

Gross
domestic
product
Personal
consumption
expenditures
Gross private
domestic
investment
Exports Imports Government
consumption
expenditures
and gross
investment
1929 103.6 77.4 16.5 5.9 5.6 9.4
1930 91.2 70.1 10.8 4.4 4.1 10.0
1931 76.5 60.7 5.9 2.9 2.9 9.9
1932 58.7 48.7 1.3 2.0 1.9 8.7
1933 56.4 45.9 1.7 2.0 1.9 8.7
1934 66.0 51.5 3.7 2.6 2.2 10.5
1935 73.3 55.9 6.7 2.8 3.0 10.9
1936 83.8 62.2 8.6 3.0 3.2 13.1
1937 91.9 66.8 12.2 4.0 4.0 12.8
1938 86.1 64.3 7.1 3.8 2.8 13.8
1939 92.2 67.2 9.3 4.0 3.1 14.8
1940 101.4 71.3 13.6 4.9 3.4 15.0
1941 126.7 81.1 18.1 5.5 4.4 26.5
1942 161.9 89.0 10.4 4.4 4.6 62.7
1943 198.6 99.9 6.1 4.0 6.3 94.8
1944 219.8 108.7 7.8 4.9 6.9 105.3
1945 223.1 120.0 10.8 6.8 7.5 93.0
1946 222.3 144.3 31.1 14.2 7.0 39.6
1947 244.2 162.0 35.0 18.7 7.9 36.4
1948 269.2 175.0 48.1 15.5 10.1 40.6
1949 267.3 178.5 36.9 14.5 9.2 46.7
1950 293.8 192.2 54.1 12.4 11.6 46.8
1951 339.3 208.5 60.2 17.1 14.6 68.1
1952 358.3 219.5 54.0 16.5 15.3 83.6
1953 379.4 233.1 56.4 15.3 16.0 90.6
1954 380.4 240.0 53.8 15.8 15.4 86.2
1955 414.8 258.8 69.0 17.7 17.2 86.5
1956 437.5 271.7 72.0 21.3 18.9 91.4
1957 461.1 286.9 70.5 24.0 19.9 99.7
1958 467.2 296.2 64.5 20.6 20.0 106.0
1959 506.6 317.6 78.5 22.7 22.3 110.0
1960 526.4 331.7 78.9 27.0 22.8 111.6
1961 544.7 342.1 78.2 27.6 22.7 119.5
1962 585.6 363.3 88.1 29.1 25.0 130.1
1963 617.7 382.7 93.8 31.1 26.1 136.4
1964 663.6 411.4 102.1 35.0 28.1 143.2
1965 719.1 443.8 118.2 37.1 31.5 151.5
1966 787.8 480.9 131.3 40.9 37.1 171.8
1967 832.6 507.8 128.6 43.5 39.9 192.7
1968 910.0 558.0 141.2 47.9 46.6 209.4
1969 984.6 605.2 156.4 51.9 50.5 221.5
1970 1038.5 648.5 152.4 59.7 55.8 233.8
1971 1127.1 701.9 178.2 63.0 62.3 246.5
1972 1238.3 770.6 207.6 70.8 74.2 263.5
1973 1382.7 852.4 244.5 95.3 91.2 281.7
1974 1500.0 933.4 249.4 126.7 127.5 317.9
1975 1638.3 1034.4 230.2 138.7 122.7 357.7
1976 1825.3 1151.9 292.0 149.5 151.1 383.0
1977 2030.9 1278.6 361.3 159.4 182.4 414.1
1978 2294.7 1428.5 438.0 186.9 212.3 453.6
1979 2563.3 1592.2 492.9 230.1 252.7 500.8
1980 2789.5 1757.1 479.3 280.8 293.8 566.2
1981 3128.4 1941.1 572.4 305.2 317.8 627.5
1982 3255.0 2077.3 517.2 283.2 303.2 680.5
1983 3536.7 2290.6 564.3 277.0 328.6 733.5
1984 3933.2 2503.3 735.6 302.4 405.1 797.0
1985 4220.3 2720.3 736.2 302.0 417.2 879.0
1986 4462.8 2899.7 746.5 320.5 453.3 949.3
1987 4739.5 3100.2 785.0 363.9 509.1 999.5
1988 5103.8 3353.6 821.6 444.1 554.5 1039.0
1989 5484.4 3598.5 874.9 503.3 591.5 1099.1
1990 5803.1 3839.9 861.0 552.4 630.3 1180.2
1991 5995.9 3986.1 802.9 596.8 624.3 1234.4
1992 6337.7 4235.3 864.8 635.3 668.6 1271.0
1993 6657.4 4477.9 953.4 655.8 720.9 1291.2
1994 7072.2 4743.3 1097.1 720.9 814.5 1325.5
1995 7397.7 4975.8 1144.0 812.2 903.6 1369.2
1996 7816.9 5256.8 1240.3 868.6 964.8 1416.0
1997 8304.3 5547.4 1389.8 955.3 1056.9 1468.7
1998 8747.0 5879.5 1509.1 955.9 1115.9 1518.3
1999 9268.4 6282.5 1625.7 991.2 1251.7 1620.8
2000 9817.0 6739.4 1735.5 1096.3 1475.8 1721.6
2001 10128.0 7055.0 1614.3 1032.8 1399.8 1825.6
2002 10469.6 7350.7 1582.1 1005.9 1430.3 1961.1
2003 10971.2 7709.9 1670.4 1045.6 1546.5 2091.9
2004 11734.3 8214.3 1928.1 1173.8 1797.8 2215.9

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