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November 8, 2018

Majority-owned U.S. affiliates (MOUSAs) of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) employed 7.1 million workers (preliminary) in the United States in 2016, a 3.9 percent increase from 6.8 million (revised) in 2015, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Highlights of the statistics on MOUSAs in 2016:

  • MOUSAs accounted for 5.6 percent of total private-industry employment in the United States.
  • Current-dollar value added of MOUSAs, a measure of their direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), increased 1.9 percent to $910.6 billion.
  • Expenditures for property, plant, and equipment by MOUSAs decreased 1.2 percent to $258.9 billion.
  • Research and development (R&D) performed by MOUSAs increased 6.0 percent to $60.1 billion.
  • By state, private-industry employment accounted for by MOUSAs was highest in South Carolina (8.2 percent), New Jersey (8.2 percent), and Kentucky (8.0 percent).

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