July 6, 2022

Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $333.6 billion in 2021, up $192.2 billion from $141.4 billion in 2020.


Additional highlights of the statistics on new foreign direct investment for 2021:

  • Expenditures for acquisitions were $330.2 billion, expenditures to establish new U.S. businesses were $1.6 billion, and expenditures to expand existing foreign‐owned businesses were $1.8 billion.
  • Total planned greenfield investment expenditures—expenditures to establish new U.S. businesses and to expand existing foreign‐owned U.S. businesses—for investments initiated in 2021, which include both first‐year spending and planned spending in future years, totaled $15.6 billion.
  • Employment at newly acquired, established, or expanded foreign‐owned businesses in the United States was 236,900 in 2021.

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