In 2006, the U.S. personal savings rate hit its lowest level since the Great Depression, according to the Commerce Department.The agency said that the country’s savings rate for all of 2006 was a negative 1 percent -- meaning that not only did people spend all the money they earned throughout the year, but that they also dipped into savings, or increased borrowing to finance purchases.

The 2006 figure was lower than a negative 0.4 percent in 2005 and was the worst showing since the country registered a negative 1.5 percent savings rate in 1933 during the Great Depression.

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