The graph below was created by using Google’s graph tools.
The line graph shows the total United States exports and imports of goods and services for 1993 to 2010 in billions of US dollars. Exports grew 181 percent from 1993 to 2010 while imports grew 227 percent.
The graph shows well that the amount that imports exceeded exports began to increase significantly around 2000 and then the excess started to decline around 2008. The excess of imports over exports reached a high in 2005 at 55 percent. In 2010 it was 28 percent.
The graph’s data was obtained from a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’s website. Data at this website can be obtained by clicking here.