A closer look at the US trade deficit

The US trade deficit has been steadily shrinking since hitting a 5-year peak of $51.35 billion in December of 2011.

But America still imports significantly more than it exports, leaving the total 2012 trade deficit at roughly $730 billion.

Here's an excellent map from Vizual Statistix, showing from which parts of the world the US buys goods, and to which parts it sells.

US 5-year trade deficit graph:

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