Economic indicators

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

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

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

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.

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,...

Release of Gross Domestic Product by State: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016 Numbers Throw Obama and Trump Administration Energy Policies into Sharp Contrast

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Data on the Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016 GDP by State released today by the Department of Commerce showed some states’ gross domestic product (GDP) to have been impeded by the policies of the Obama Administration, especially in the energy sector. “The Obama presidency left large swaths of our economy in shambles.” said Secretary Ross “Thankfully, the Trump Administration is unshackling our...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on the GDP Growth in the First Quarter of 2017

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement today on the release of the real gross domestic product (GDP) quarterly growth by the Department of Commerce. In the first quarter of 2017, the GDP increased 0.7 percent, according to the advance estimate released. Since the first quarter of 2016, the year-over-year increase in real GDP was 1.9 percent. The increase in real GDP...