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We are the world’s most trusted, impartial source of comprehensive data about the U.S. economy. Every five years the Census Bureau conducts an Economic Census and Census of Governments, in addition to more than 100 other surveys conducted monthly, quarterly, or annually.

From these censuses and surveys 13 economic indicators are produced, serving as the foundation for gross domestic product (GDP). Produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GDP data is ranked as one of the three most influential economic measures that affect U.S. financial markets.

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U.S. Economic Growth Reached 3.1 Percent Growth In 2018

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No economic analysis can be considered complete without appreciation for the many different estimates and assessments that go into evaluating our country’s economy. The Department of Commerce provides many of the economic indicators that business, government and Americans of all stripes rely on, including our regular estimates of U.S. GDP growth. During 2018, real GDP grew 3.1 percent, the fastest...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Q4 and Annual 2018 GDP: Economy Grows 2.9% in 2018

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Today, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the fourth quarter and annual gross domestic product (GDP) numbers. The Bureau found that the real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter and 2.9 percent for all of 2018. “President Donald Trump has unleashed American growth at a pace the experts thought was not possible,...

BEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

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Real gross domestic product increased in 1,931 of the nation’s counties and decreased in 1,159 counties in 2015, according to prototype statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The inflation-adjusted data show GDP unchanged in 23 counties. These prototype county GDP statistics , for the years 2012-2015, represent another step forward in meeting BEA’s long-standing goal of providing a...

Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Increases in all 50 States in 2nd Quarter of 2018

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the second quarter of 2018, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The percent change in real GDP in the second quarter ranged from 6.0 percent in Texas to 2.5 percent in Delaware. Information...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Announces New Data Application to Help American Companies Expand Overseas

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the release of the International Trade Administration’s new Market Diversification Tool (MDT). This unique application puts 12 million data points at the fingertips of U.S. exporters and helps them identify the top potential foreign markets for their products. “Currently, more than half of domestic exporters ship to only one...

Personal Income Rises in July

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis Blog Personal income increased 0.3 percent in July after increasing 0.4 percent in June. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income,increased 0.4 percent in July, the same increase as in June. Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI) , after-tax income, increased 0.3 percent in July after increasing 0.4...

GDP Increases in Second Quarter

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis Blog Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was 0.1 percentage point more than the “advance” estimate released in July. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.2 percent. GDP highlights...

More Than Four Trillion Dollars: FDI in the USA in 2017

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration By Elizabeth Schaefer, Director of Investment Research, SelectUSA Following the flurry of activity from the SelectUSA Investment Summit , it is always a welcome change of pace to take some time in the heat of Summer to reflect on the state of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Q2 2018: U.S. Economy Tops 4% GDP Growth in Second Quarter

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Today, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the second quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers. The Bureau found that the real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement on the announcement: “Today’s release of the United States’ GDP growth of...

Making Statistics Accessible, Anywhere, Anytime

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The U.S. Census Bureau is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and their mobile application, FRED – making it easier for data users to access our statistics anytime and on any device. Web applications, which present information in visually appealing and interactive ways, are a great way to serve the needs of many customers. Web and mobile apps not only...