GDP Back on Schedule With `Third’ Estimate

When the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates the nation’s gross domestic product on March 28, it will officially be a “third estimate” – even though we’ve only estimated GDP for that quarter once before.

Wondering where the second estimate went? Don’t worry, we didn’t lose count. The… Read More

Arts and Culture Economy Grows 2.9 Percent in 2016

Arts and cultural economic activity grew at an inflation-adjusted 2.9 percent in 2016, increasing faster than the nation’s economy overall. For comparison, U.S. gross domestic product, or GDP, rose 1.6 percent that year.

Among state economies, Nevada posted the fastest arts and culture… Read More

Bohman Named Deputy Director of BEA

Mary Bohman, an agricultural economist with an impressive record of accomplishments in the public sector, was named Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Coming Soon: Arts and Culture Statistics for the U.S. and States

Take a bow, dancers, art teachers, and museum guides: The roles you and others play in the U.S. economy will be in the spotlight March 19.

That’s when the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its annual statistics on the economic impact of arts and cultural activities. The data will… Read More

Benchmark Update Completed for State, Local Personal Income

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has completed its comprehensive update of state and local area personal income statistics, some reaching back as far as 1929.

Comprehensive, or benchmark, updates are performed approximately every five years. They provide the opportunity to incorporate… Read More

2018 Trade Gap is $621.0 Billion

The U.S. international trade deficit increased in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $552.3 billion in 2017 to $621.0 billion in 2018, as imports increased more than exports. As a percentage of U.S. gross domestic… Read More

December 2018 Trade Gap is $59.8 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in December 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $50.3 billion in November (revised) to $59.8 billion in December, as imports increased and exports decreased. The… Read More

BEA Working on Project to Estimate Puerto Rico’s GDP

The Bureau of Economic Analysis plans to produce new economic data for Puerto Rico this year that could lay the groundwork for later estimating the island’s gross domestic product.

BEA plans to develop and publish later this year estimates for specific components that would feed into… Read More

Personal Income Decreases in January Following December Increase

Personal income decreased 0.1 percent in January after increasing 1.0 percent in December, the largest increase since December 2012. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.3 percent in January after increasing 0.5 percent in December.

New Date Set for January Consumer Spending

Statistics on consumer spending in January, also known as personal consumption expenditures, have been rescheduled for release March 29 because of the effects of the temporary lapse in federal funding.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis typically releases each month’s personal income… Read More

GDP Increases in Fourth Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the “initial” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.4 percent.

Fourth-quarter GDP highlights
The increase… Read More

New Dates Set for Three Monthly Trade Reports

New release dates are now set for a trio of monthly trade reports impacted by the effects of the recent lapse in federal funding.