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  • GDP Increases in First Quarter
    • June 28, 2016
    • Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Real Disposable Personal Income and Real Consumer Spending
    • June 29, 2016
    • Inflation-adjusted consumer spending moderates in May after a big increase the month before. http://go.usa.gov/x3rYd
  • New International FDI Data Now Available
    • November 30, 2015
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis released new statistics on foreign direct investment. These annual statistics track new investments made by foreign direct investors in the United States. They cover new investments initiated in 2014.

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  • How Consumers Are Faring Across States
    • August 22, 2014
    • Ian Mead and Mark Hamrick talked about two reports from the Bureau of Economic Analysis on U.S. household spending and economic wellbeing through the recession of the late 2000s and the subsequent recovery. They also spoke about the amount consumers spend by state and the quarterly statistics on the economic activity generated by each state.
    • Washington Journal
  • How America's Industries Impact the U.S. Economy
    • MAY 16, 2014
    • Erich Strassner of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and Gregory Ip of The Economist discuss a government report that analyzes gross domestic product (GDP) for 22 industry sectors on a quarterly basis.
    • Washington Journal
  • A Look at GDP and Ways to Measure Well-Being
    • APR 28, 2014
    • Gross domestic product, the total dollar value of goods and services sold in the U.S., has become fundamental to American economic policy. But there are other essential assets, qualities and conditions that GDP can't measure, like the health of the environment or society. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at another way of measuring progress that takes more of these variables into account.
    • PBS NewsHour
  • New Quarterly Industry Statistics
    • APR 17, 2014
    • Beginning April 25, BEA for the first time will start producing on a regular basis quarterly estimates of economic activity generated by 22 industries.
  • Consumer Spending Habits
    • DEC 27, 2013
    • Nicole Mayerhauser and Jim Tankersley talked about the history of American consumers' spending habits on goods and services. Topics included the effect on the gross domestic product and the economy overall, personal income and the savings rate, changes in consumer buying habits, and changes in consumer behavior since the recession of 2008-09. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
    • This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.
  • What is the origin of GDP?
    • JUL 31, 2013
    • Steve Landefeld, director of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, explains how the GDP became the most important measure of economic growth and how it has evolved.
  • Arts and entertainment now part of GDP act
    • JUL 31, 2013
    • The Commerce Department is now including creations in arts and entertainments industries -- such as books, music, and movies -- to calculate the nation's GDP. Using this formula, the GDP actually grew 2.8 percent last year, not the 2.2 percent that was originally reported. Anthony Mason reports.
  • Myths and Misperceptions about the U.S. Economy
    • MAR 29, 2013
    • Ryan Avent and Steve Landefeld talked about perceptions, misconceptions and myths about the U.S. economy. Topics included tax rates, federal spending and the debt, wages and income, off-shore and foreign ownership, and the nation’s economic standing in the world. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
    • Supplemental Information: View the slides from the broadcast
    • This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.
  • 2012 Earnings for Americans
    • FEB 1, 2013
    • Brent Moulton and Neil Irwin talked about the 2012 earnings report, the government’s first look at how much Americans earned, spent and saved in 2012, trends in personal income, spending and savings, and how Americans have fared since the recession of 2008-09. He also talked about how the government’s fiscal, tax and social policies have affected Americans' financial well-being.
    • Supplemental Information: View the slides from the broadcast
    • This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.

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