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Survey of Current Business

Table of Contents
May 2000

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R egular features

1 Business Situation (PDF)

U.S. economic activity continued to increase strongly in the first quarter of  2000, while inflation picked up. Real GDP increased 5.4 percent after increasing 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 1999. The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 3.2 percent after increasing 2.3 percent.

6 State and Local Government Fiscal Position in 1999 (PDF)

In 1999, the current surplus of State and local governments--a measure of their net saving--increased $9.3 billion, to $51.0 billion, as current receipts increased more than current expenditures. "Net lending or net borrowing," an alternative measure of the fiscal position, was introduced in the recent comprehensive revision of the NIPA's. This measure showed that the longer term financing requirements of governments continued to decrease; it was -$13.8 billion in 1999, compared with -$16.8 billion in 1998.

14 U.S. Transportation Satellite Accounts for 1996 (PDF)

The U.S. transportation satellite accounts (TSA's) have been updated to present estimates for 1996. Like the 1992 TSA's, the 1996 TSA's extend the input-output accounts to provide a more comprehensive picture of the role of transportation in the U.S. economy. The TSA's show that the economy produced and used $673 billion of transportation gross output in 1996, up 23 percent from 1992. The contribution of transportation activities to GDP deceased slightly from 5.0 percent in 1992 to 4.8 percent in 1996.


R eports and statistical presentations

          23 Errata : Fixed Assets and Consumer Durable Goods (PDF)

          24 NIPA Component Contributions Tables (PDF)

        D--1 BEA Current and Historical Data

              National Data:

                    D--2 Selected NIPA Tables (PDF)

                    D--29 Other NIPA and NIPA-Related Tables (PDF)

                    D--38 Historical Tables (PDF)

                    D--41 Domestic Perspectives (PDF)

                    D--43 Charts (PDF)

              International Data:

                    D--51 Transactions Tables (PDF)

                    D--57 Investment Tables (PDF)

                    D--62 International Perspectives (PDF)

                    D--64 Charts (PDF)

              Regional Data:

                    D--65 State and Regional Tables (PDF)

                    D--69 Local Area Table (PDF)

                    D--71 Charts (PDF)

              Appendixes: (PDF)

                    D--73 Appendix A: Additional Information About BEA's NIPA Estimates

                    D--75 Appendix B: Suggested Reading

          Inside back cover: Getting BEA's Estimates  (PDF)

          Back cover: Schedule of Upcoming BEA News Releases (PDF)

Looking Ahead

    Gross Product by Industry. Revised estimates of gross product by industry for 1947-97 and new estimates for 1998 will be published in the June issue of theSurvey . The revised estimates will incorporate the results of the recent comprehensive NIPA revision and several additional methodological and statistical improvements.

    Estimates of Government by Function. An article in the June Survey will introduce a new, simpler presentation of the estimates of government current expenditures and gross investment by function; these estimates will incorporate the results of the recent comprehensive NIPA revision. The article will also describe trends in the estimates.

    Comprehensive Revision of State Personal Income. The results of a comprehensive revision of the annual estimates of State personal income for 1969-99 will be published in the June Survey . The revised estimates will incorporate the results of the recent comprehensive NIPA revision, improvements in the source data and methods for the State estimates, and newly available data from regular sources.

   Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts. An article in a forthcoming issue of the Survey will update the U.S. travel and tourism satellite accounts to 1997.