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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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GDP Increases in Key Industry Groups in 1st Quarter of 2019

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) 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. According to gross domestic product (GDP) by industry statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, 16 of 22 industry groups contributed to...

Real GDP Increases in 49 States and District of Columbia

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis 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. Wholesale trade, mining, and information services were the leading contributors to the increase in...

GDP Increases in First Quarter

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Real gross domestic product increased 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2018, real GDP increased 2.2 percent. GDP Highlights The increase in real GDP reflected increases in consumer spending, inventory investment, exports, government spending, and business investment that were partly...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Q1 2019 GDP Growth

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the first quarter 2019 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers. The Bureau found that the real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019. “This blockbuster GDP report shows that President Donald J. Trump’s policies are unleashing the vitality of the...

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...