Activities of U.S. Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)

The activities of U.S. multinational enterprises in 2015 continued to be concentrated in the United States; U.S. parents accounted for nearly two-thirds of worldwide multinational enterprises employment, three-quarters of worldwide value added and capital expenditures, and over four-fifths of worldwide R&D expenditures. Foreign affiliates accounted for one-third of these measures at most. Employment by U.S. multinational enterprises increased 1.9 percent to 42.4 million employees worldwide in 2015, with approximately 90% of this employment growth occurring domestically. The 1.9 percent growth in employment, however, was smaller than the average annual growth of 4.3 percent between 2009 and 2014.

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