Economic indicators

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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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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

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...

313,000 New Jobs in February, Job Growth Strongest Since President Trump’s Election

The U.S. economy added 313,000 new jobs in the month of February, according to the February 2018 Employment Situation report published today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More from the Department of Labor : “Job growth was the strongest since President Trump’s election, with 313,000 jobs created in the month of February. The non-stop job creation since the election has yielded 2.9 million...

Personal Income Up, Unemployment Claims Down

Personal income increased by 0.4 percent in January 2018 and unemployment claims decreased to their lowest levels in more than 48 years in February according to data released yesterday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Personal income increased by 0.4 percent for the second month straight and disposable personal income...

Bureau of Economic Analysis Releases for the First Time Prototype Statistics Measuring the Economic Effects of Outdoor Recreation

Americans who hit the trails to ski, bike or hike aren’t just working up a sweat; they’re also generating economic activity. Outdoor recreation accounted for 2.0 percent of the U.S. economy, or $373.7 billion, in 2016, according to prototype statistics for the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ newest special account. The outdoor recreation economy grew 3.8 percent in 2016, compared with the overall U.S...

Positive Economic Growth Continues, Unemployment Rate Lowest in 17 Years

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that 228,000 jobs were added to the American economy in November, and 1.7 million jobs have been added since January of this year. This marks a 17-year low for unemployment at 4.1%. In addition, the unemployment rate in manufacturing dropped to 2.6% – the lowest rate recorded since BLS began measuring it in 2000. Last...

Release schedule for economic indicators

Bureau(s) Indicator Period covered Release date Time (AM ET) Census Construction Spending (Construction Put in Place) November 2017 January 3, 2018 10:00 BEA and Census U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services November 2017 January 5, 2018 8:30 Census Full Report – Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders November 2017 January 5, 2018 10:00 Census Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and...

Personal Income Increased in October

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced today that personal income increased by 0.4 percent in October 2017, marking the second month in a row that personal income increased by 0.4 percent. More from BEA : Real Disposable Personal Income Rises in October Personal income increased 0.4 percent in October, the same increase as in September. Wages and salaries, the largest component of...

U.S. Economy Grows Faster than Expected in 3rd Quarter

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced that the U.S. economy grew at a 3.3 percent pace in their third quarter of 2017 – faster than their initial estimate of 3.0 percent . More from BEA : GDP Increases in Third Quarter Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.3 percent in the third quarter of 2017, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In...