Surprise! Labor Department Says U.S. Households' Religious Giving Went Up
Average spending by household surpassed 2008 peak, report says.

An interesting stat surfaced Tuesday via The Wall Street Journal: A new Labor Department report on consumer spending showed U.S. households spent $51,442 on average in 2012, which surpassed the prior peak of $50,486 reached in 2008.

Interestingly enough, the Labor Department says American households spent more in their religious giving. The Journal notes:

So what did Americans spend more on in 2012? Cars, for one: Spending on vehicle purchases rose more than 20% from 2011. Health insurance, for two: Spending on that category rose 7.2%. And, perhaps less obviously, faith: The average American household gave $734 to churches and religious organizations in 2012, up from $649 in 2011.

We've previously looked at giving for churches through our 2013 State of the Plate survey of Protestant churches nationwide.

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