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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

U.S. Economy Grew At 3% Pace For 2nd Straight Quarter

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced today that the U.S. economy grew at 3.0 percent pace in the third quarter of 2017 . This is the second straight quarter that the economy grew at a 3 percent pace – BEA's third estimate for the second quarter showed that the U.S. economy grew at a 3.1 percent pace . The last time the economy grew at a 3 percent pace for two consecutive quarters was...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Q3 2017 Three Percent Economic Growth

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"Today’s release of the gross domestic product growth for Q3 2017 proves that President Trump’s bold agenda is steadily overcoming the dismal economy inherited from the previous Administration. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the recent hurricanes which have shattered so many lives. As we work together to help those areas recover, I am confident that they will rebound stronger than...

Personal Income and Real Consumer Spending Increased in July

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Personal income increased 0.4% in July after showing no change in June. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.5 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 remaining unchanged in June. Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.2 percent...

Increased Exports and Consumer Spending Lead to Economic Growth in Second Quarter

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Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was 0.4 percentage point more than the “advance” estimate released in July. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 1.2 percent. The second‐quarter increase in real GDP reflected increases in both consumer spending...

BEA Releases New Statistics on Foreign Direct Investments Made in the U.S.

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis today released statistics detailing the amount and type of new direct investments made in the United States by foreign investors in 2016, 2015 and 2014. The data released today includes information on investments broken out by industry, state and type of investment made – creating a new U.S. business or acquiring or expanding an existing one. Business people,...