Perspective from the BEA Accounts

BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence decisions of government officials, business people, and individuals. These statistics provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy. The data on this page are drawn from featured BEA economic accounts.

National Economic Accounts

Gross Domestic Product, First Quarter 2019 (Third Estimate); Corporate Profits, First Quarter 2019 (Revised Estimate)

1st quarter 2019:
3.1 percent
4th quarter 2018:
2.2 percent

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 (table 1), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2018, real GDP increased 2.2 percent.

Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) decreased $59.3 billion in the first quarter, compared with a decrease of $9.7 billion in the fourth quarter.

  • Current Release: June 27, 2019
  • Next Release: July 26, 2019

Personal Income and Outlays, May 2019

May 2019
0.5 percent (personal income)
April 2019
0.5 percent (personal income)

Personal income increased 0.5 percent in May, the same increase as in April. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.2 percent in May after increasing 0.3 percent in April.

  • Current Release: June 28, 2019
  • Next Release: July 30, 2019

Industry Economic Accounts

Gross Domestic Product by Industry: First Quarter 2019

Finance and insurance; retail trade; and health care and social assistance were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of 2019. Overall, 16 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 3.1 percent increase in real GDP in the first quarter.

  • Current Release: July 19, 2019
  • Next Release: October 29, 2019

International Economic Accounts

U.S. International Transactions, First Quarter 2019 and Annual Update

1st quarter 2019:
-$130.4 billion
4th quarter 2018:
-$143.9 billion

The U.S. current-account deficit decreased to $130.4 billion (preliminary) in the first quarter of 2019 from $143.9 billion (revised) in the fourth quarter of 2018. As a percentage of U.S. gross domestic product, the deficit decreased to 2.5 percent from 2.8 percent. The previously published current-account deficit for the fourth quarter was $134.4 billion.

  • Current Release: June 20, 2019
  • Next Release: September 19, 2019

U.S. Net International Investment Position: First Quarter 2019, Year 2018, and Annual Update

End of 1st quarter 2019:
-$9.93 trillion
End of 4th quarter 2018:
-$9.55 trillion
End of year 2018:
-$9.55 trillion
End of year 2017:
-$7.74 trillion

The U.S. net international investment position decreased to -$9.93 trillion (preliminary) at the end of the first quarter of 2019 from -$9.55 trillion (revised) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

  • Current Release: June 26, 2019
  • Next release: September 30, 2019
 

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, May 2019

May 2019:
-$55.5 billion
April 2019:
-$51.2 billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $51.2 billion in April (revised) to $55.5 billion in May, as imports increased more than exports. The previously published April deficit was $50.8 billion. The goods deficit increased $4.4 billion in May to $76.1 billion. The services surplus increased $0.1 billion in May to $20.6 billion.

  • Current Release: July 3, 2019
  • Next release: August 2, 2019

New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, 2018

New Investment by Foreign Direct Investors:
$296.4 billion (preliminary)

Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $296.4 billion in 2018, up 8.7 percent from $272.8 billion in 2017.

  • Current release: July 2, 2019
  • Next release: July 2020

Regional Economic Accounts

Gross Domestic Product by State: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2018

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia in the fourth quarter of 2018. The percent change in real GDP in the fourth quarter ranged from 6.6 percent in Texas to 0.0 percent in Delaware.

  • Current Release: May 1, 2019
  • Next Release: July 25, 2019

Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2017

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 312 out of 383 metropolitan areas in 2017. The percent change in real GDP by metropolitan area ranged from 12.1 percent in Odessa, TX to -7.8 percent in Enid, OK.

  • Current Release: September 18, 2018
  • Next Release: December, 2019

State Personal Income, First Quarter 2019

State personal income increased 3.4 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2019, a deceleration from the 4.1 percent increase in the fourth quarter of 2018. Personal income increased in all states except South Dakota. The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 5.6 percent in West Virginia to -0.6 percent in South Dakota.

  • Current Release: June 25, 2019
  • Next Release: September 24, 2019
 

Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2017

Real state personal income grew 2.6 percent in 2017, after increasing 1.5 percent in 2016, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real state personal income is a state's current-dollar personal income adjusted by the state's regional price parity and the national personal consumption expenditures price index. The percent change in real state personal income ranged from 4.5 percent in New York to -1.3 percent in North Dakota. Across metropolitan areas, the percent change ranged from 14.8 percent in Midland, MI to -5.9 percent in Enid, OK.

  • Current Release: May 16, 2019
  • Next release: May, 2020

Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 2017

Average State PCE Growth (2017)
4.3%

State personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased on average 4.3 percent in 2017, an acceleration from the 3.8 percent increase in 2016. The percent change in PCE across all states ranged from 6.9 percent in Idaho to 2.0 percent in North Dakota.

  • Current Release: October 4, 2018
  • Next release: October 3, 2019