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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)
- 3nd quarter 2015: 2.1 percent
- 2nd quarter 2015: 3.9 percent
December 22, 2015
Real gross domestic product -- the value of the goods and services produced by the nation's economy less the value of the goods and services used up in production, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2015, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 3.9 percent.
- October 2015: 0.4 percent (personal income)
- September 2015: 0.2 percent (personal income)
December 23, 2015
In October 2015, real disposable personal income increased 0.4 percent.
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Industry Economic Accounts:
Quarterly Industry Accounts: GDP by Industry
Finance and insurance; professional, scientific, and technical services; and wholesale trade were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to statistics on the breakout of gross domestic product (GDP) by industry released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Overall, 18 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 3.9 percent increase in real GDP in the second quarter.
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International Economic Accounts:
U.S. Balance of Payments (International Transactions)
Current Account Balance:
- 2nd quarter 2015: -$109.7 billion
- 1st quarter 2015: -$118.3 billion
December 17, 2015
The U.S. current-account deficit decreased $8.6 billion to $109.7 billion (preliminary) in the second quarter of 2015.
International Investment Position
Net International Investment Position at End of Period:
- End of 2nd quarter 2015: -$6,688.3 billion
- End of 1st quarter 2015: -$6,801.4 billion
December 29, 2015
The U.S. net international investment position at the end of the second quarter of 2015 was -$6,688.3 billion (preliminary), as the value of U.S. liabilities exceeded the value of U.S. assets. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, the net position was -$6,801.4 billion (revised).
International Trade in Goods and Services
- September 2015: -$40.8 billion
- August 2015: -$48.0 billion
December 4, 2015
Total September exports of $187.9 billion and imports of $228.7 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $40.8 billion.
New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States
Expenditures by foreign direct investors for new investment—that is, to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses—totaled $241.3 billion in 2014, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) in statistics released today. Acquisitions accounted for most of the investment.
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Regional Economic Accounts:
Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by State
December 10, 2015
Today, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is releasing prototype quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) by state statistics for 2005–2014. The new data are intended to provide a fuller description of the accelerations, decelerations, and turning points in economic growth at the state level, including key information about the impact of industry composition differences across states. Relative to the August 2014 release, the new prototype statistics incorporate new and revised source data and cover an additional year of economic activity.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Metropolitan Area
Real GDP increased in 282 of the nation's 381 metropolitan areas in 2014, led by growth in several industry groups: professional and business services, wholesale and retail trade, and the group of finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing. Natural resources and mining remained a strong contributor to growth in several metropolitan areas. Collectively, real GDP for U. S. metropolitan areas increased 2.3 percent in 2014 after increasing 1.9 percent in 2013.
State Personal Income (SPI)
September 30, 2015
State personal income grew 0.9 percent on average in the second quarter of 2015, after growing 0.8 percent in the first quarter. Second-quarter personal income growth rates ranged from zero in Oklahoma to 1.5 percent in the state of Washington.
Local Area Personal Income
November 17, 2016
Local area data:
Personal income grew in 2014 in 2,662 counties, fell in 438, and was unchanged in 13. The percent change from 2013 to 2014 in personal income ranged from -35.1 percent in Wallace County, Kansas to 83.7 percent in McPherson County, Nebraska.
Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas
State and Metropolitan area data:
Real personal income across all regions rose by an average of 0.8 percent in 2013. This growth rate reflects the year-over-year change in nominal personal income across all regions adjusted by the change in the national personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index. On a nominal basis, personal income across all regions grew an average of 2.0 percent in 2013. In 2013, the U.S. PCE price index grew 1.2 percent.
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