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U.S. Economy at a Glance: Perspective from the BEA Accounts

BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence decisions of government officials, business people, and individuals. These statistics provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy. The data on this page are drawn from featured BEA economic accounts.

National Economic Accounts:

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Current Numbers:
  • 4th quarter 2013: 2.6 percent
  • 3rd quarter 2013: 4.1 percent
Next release: April 30, 2014
Quarterly data: Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 4.1 percent.

Personal Income
Current Numbers:
  • February 2014: 0.3 percent (personal income)
  • January 2014: 0.3 percent (personal income)
Next release: May 1, 2014
Monthly data: In February 2014, real disposable personal income increased 0.3 percent.

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Industry Economic Accounts:

Annual Industry Accounts: GDP by Industry
Annual Data: Professional and business services; finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing; mining; and manufacturing were the leading contributors to U.S. economic growth in 2012, according to revised statistics on the breakout of real gross domestic product (GDP) by industry from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, 20 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 2.8 percent increase in real GDP.
Annual Growth in Real GDP
Graph of Annual Growth in Real GDP
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Annual Percent Changes in Value Added Prices
Graph of Annual Growth in Value Added Prices
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International Economic Accounts:

U.S. Balance of Payments (International Transactions)
Current Account Balance:
  • 4th quarter 2013: -$81.1 billion
  • 3rd quarter 2013: -$96.4 billion
  • Annual 2013: -$379.3 billion
  • Annual 2012: -$440.4 billion
Next release: June 18, 2014
Quarterly and annual data: The U.S. current-account deficit decreased $15.2 billion to $81.1 billion (preliminary) in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year 2013, the current- account deficit decreased $61.1 billion to $379.3 (preliminary).
Quarterly Data
Quarterly Data Graph of U.S. Current-Account Transactions
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Annual Data
Quarterly Data Graph of U.S. Current-Account Transactions
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International Investment Position
Net International Investment Position at End of Period:
  • End of 4th quarter 2013: -$4,577.5 billion
  • End of 3rd quarter 2013: -$4,171.8 billion
  • End of Year 2013: -$4,577.5 billion
  • End of Year 2012: -$3,863.9 billion
Next release: June 30, 2014
Quarterly and annual data: The U.S. net international investment position at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 was -$4,577.5 billion (preliminary), as the value of foreign investments in the United States exceeded the value of U.S. investments abroad. The U.S. net international investment position at the end of the third quarter was -$4,171.8 billion (revised).
Quarterly DataGraph of U.S. Net International Investment Position at End of Quarter
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Annual DataGraph of U.S. Net International Investment Position at End of Year
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International Trade in Goods and Services
Trade Balance:
  • February 2014: -$42.3 billion
  • January 2014: -$39.3 billion
Next release: May 6, 2014
Monthly: Total February exports of $190.4 billion and imports of $232.7 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $42.3 billion.
Monthly Data Monthly Graph of Balance on Goods and Services Trade
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Regional Economic Accounts:

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by State
Next release: Summer 2014
Annual Data: Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia in 2012, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that breakdown GDP by state. Durable-goods manufacturing, finance and insurance, and wholesale trade were the leading contributors to real U.S. economic growth. U.S. real GDP by state grew 2.5 percent in 2012 after a 1.6 percent increase in 2011.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Metropolitan Area
Annual data: Real GDP increased in 305 of the nation's 381 metropolitan areas in 2012, led by growth in durable-goods manufacturing, trade, and financial activities, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP in metropolitan areas increased 2.5 percent in 2012 after increasing 1.7 percent in 2011. Today's release of GDP by metropolitan area represents a return to the previous release schedule, publishing 9 rather than 14 months after the end of the calendar year.

State Personal Income (SPI)
Next release: June 24, 2014
Quarterly data: State personal income growth slowed to 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, from 1.0 percent in the third quarter.
Annual data: Average state personal income growth slowed to 2.6 percent in 2013 from 4.2 percent in 2012.
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Annual DataMap of State Personal Income
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Local Area Personal Income
Metropolitan area data: Personal income growth slowed in 2012 in most of the nation's 381 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). Personal income growth ranged from 12.1 percent in Midland, Texas to -1.6 percent in Yuma, Arizona.
Annual data:

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