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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:
  • 3rd quarter 2014: 3.9 percent
  • 2nd quarter 2014: 4.6 percent
Next release: December 23, 2014
Quarterly data: Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.6 percent.

Personal Income
Current Numbers:
  • October 2014: 0.2 percent (personal income)
  • September 2014: 0.2 percent (personal income)
Next release: December 23, 2014
Monthly data: In October 2014, real disposable personal income increased 0.1 percent.

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Industry Economic Accounts:

Quarterly Industry Accounts: GDP by Industry
Quarterly Data: Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, after decreasing 2.1 percent in the first quarter. Both private goods-and services-producing industries contributed to the increase, while the government sector decreased. Durable-goods manufacturing; finance and insurance; and retail trade were the leading contributors.
Real GDP and Real Value Added

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Real GDP and Contributions to Percent Change in Real GDP

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International Economic Accounts:

U.S. Balance of Payments (International Transactions)
Current Account Balance:
  • 2nd quarter 2014: -$98.5 billion
  • 1st quarter 2014: -$102.1 billion
Next release: December 17, 2014
Quarterly data: The U.S. current-account deficit decreased $3.6 billion to $98.5 billion (preliminary) in the second quarter of 2014.
Quarterly 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 2nd quarter 2014: -$5,445.1 billion
  • End of 1st quarter 2014: -$5,511.7 billion
Next release: December 30, 2014
Quarterly and annual data: The U.S. net international investment position at the end of the second quarter of 2014 was -$5,445.1 billion (preliminary), as the value of U.S. liabilities exceeded the value of U.S. assets. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, the net position was -$5,511.7 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:
  • September 2014: -$43.0 billion
  • August 2014: -$40.0 billion
Next release: December 5, 2014
Monthly: Total September exports of $195.6 billion and imports of $238.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $43.0 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 2015
Annual Data: Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 49 states in 2013, according to new statistics released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Nondurable-goods manufacturing; real estate and rental and leasing; and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting were the leading contributors to real U.S. economic growth. U.S. real GDP growth slowed to 1.8 percent in 2013 after a 2.5 percent increase in 2012.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Metropolitan Area
Next release: September 2015
Annual data: Real GDP increased in 292 of the nation's 381 metropolitan areas in 2013, led by widespread growth in finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing, nondurable-goods manufacturing, and professional and business services, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Natural resources and mining also spurred strong growth in several metropolitan areas. Collectively, real GDP for U.S. metropolitan areas increased 1.7 percent in 2013 after increasing 2.6 percent in 2012.

State Personal Income (SPI)
Next release: December 19, 2014
Quarterly data: State personal income growth accelerated to 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2014 from 1.2 percent in the first quarter. Personal income growth ranged from 2.7 percent in North Dakota and Nebraska to 1.1 percent in New York and Alaska, with growth accelerating in 36 states.
Quarterly DataMap of Quarterly State Personal Income
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Local Area Personal Income
Next release: July 1, 2015
Local area data: Personal income grew in 2013 in 2,695 counties, fell in 390, and was unchanged in 28. The percent change from 2012 to 2013 in personal income ranged from �35.0 percent in LaMoure County, North Dakota to 32.3 percent in Greeley County, Kansas.

Local Area DataMap of Local Area Personal Income
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Real Personal Income for State and Metropolitan Areas
State and Metropolitan area data: Real personal income across all regions rose by an average of 2.3% in 2012. Growth in real state personal income ranged from a decline of 1.2% in South Dakota to an increase of 15.1% in North Dakota. Growth in real metropolitan area personal income ranged from a decline of 3.8% in Kennewick-Richland, WA to an increase of 10.2% in Odessa, TX.

State and Metropolitan Area DataMap of State and Metropolitan Area Data
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