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First-Quarter GDP Defense Spending

In the first quarter of 2012, defense spending declined at an 8.1 percent annual rate, reflecting decreases in compensation of employees (accompanying a drop in the number of active-duty military personnel), in purchases of goods and services, and in investment for defense equipment.

Manufacturing Led Growth In 2011

Durable-goods manufacturing, professional, scientific, and technical services, and information services were the leading contributors to U.S. economic growth in 2011, according to advance statistics on the breakout of real gross domestic product (GDP) by industry from… Read More

Small Counties See Fastest Growth in Personal Incomes for 2010

Small counties registered the fastest growth in personal incomes in 2010, new data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show.

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A New Snapshot of Multinational Firms

Worldwide employment by U.S. multinational companies increased 0.5 percent in 2010 to 34.0 million workers, with increases in both the United States and abroad, new numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show.

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Meet BEA's Director—Steve Landefeld

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February 2012 Trade Gap is $46.0 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in February 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $52.5 billion (revised) in January to $46.0 billion in February, as imports decreased and exports increased. The… Read More

GDP and the National Accounts: One of the Great Inventions of the 20th Century

BEA Director Steve Landefeld

Imagine you’re trying to find your way through a thick forest. It’s a difficult task. You have nothing to help you navigate—no compass, no GPS, and no communications device to use to contact someone for help. In fact, in your… Read More