September 07, 2021

A Quick Guide to Popular BEA Price Indexes

A price index is a way of looking beyond individual price tags to measure overall inflation (or deflation) for a group of goods and services over time. BEA produces several different price indexes that help policymakers, business leaders, and consumers see the big picture of price movements. This printable guide is a quick reference to some of BEA’s most popular national price indexes.

Principal Federal Economic Indicators

Gross Domestic Product
Q2 2021 (2nd)
Personal Income
July 2021
International Trade in Goods and Services
July 2021
International Transactions
Q1 2021


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July 2021 Trade Gap is $70.1 Billion

September 2, 2021

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in July 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $73.2 billion in June (revised) to $70.1 billion in July, as exports increased and imports decreased. The previously published June deficit was $75.7 billion. The goods deficit decreased$5.5 billion in July to $87.7 billion. The services surplus decreased $2.4 billion in…

Personal Income and Outlays, July 2021

August 27, 2021

Personal income increased$225.9 billion, or 1.1 percent at a monthly rate, while consumer spending increased$42.2 billion, or 0.3 percent, in July. Compensation increased and new advance Child Tax Credit payments, authorized by the American Rescue Plan, began in July. In addition to presenting estimates for July 2021, these highlights provide comparisons to February 2020, the last month before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United…

Gross Domestic Product (Second Estimate) Corporate Profits (Preliminary Estimate) Second Quarter 2021

August 26, 2021

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2021, reflecting the continued economic recovery, reopening of establishments, and continued government response related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase was revised up 0.1 percentage point from the “advance” estimate released in July. In the second quarter, government assistance payments in the form of loans to businesses and grants to…

Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises, 2019

August 20, 2021

Majority-owned U.S. affiliates (MOUSAs) of foreign multinational enterprises(MNEs) employed7.95 million workers in the United States in 2019, a 1.1 percent increase from 7.86 million in 2018, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. MOUSAs accounted for 6.0 percent of total private-industry employment in the United States in 2019.

Getting to Know BEA’s International Statistics

August 9, 2021

Did the U.S. current account deficit grow or shrink last year? What products make up the largest share of U.S. goods exports? What types of assets make up the largest portion of U.S. financial investments abroad? In which state do U.S. affiliates of foreign multinational enterprises employ the most people?

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