September 9, 2020
To users of the 2019 Consumer Expenditure Surveys Annual Calendar Year estimates:
For expenditures collected in both surveys, the CE program uses a statistical method to select the source used in publication. In 2019, while vehicle insurance spending showed a sizable year-over-year increase of 58.3 percent, it is important to note that the 2018 estimate was sourced from the Diary Survey and the 2019 estimate was sourced from the Interview Survey. As noted, this source change was due to the determination of a better measurement of vehicle insurance spending in the Interview Survey in 2019. For comparison, the year-over-year change for the Diary Survey estimate was -15.1 percent; and the year-over-year change for the Interview Survey estimate was 4.0 percent. Had the source for vehicle insurance spending remained the Diary Survey in 2019, the year-over-year change in the estimate of transportation expenditures would have been 2.7 percent, instead of 10.1 percent. For more information about the source selection process, see www.bls.gov/cex/anthology11/csxanth3.pdf.
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Last Modified Date: September 9, 2020