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BEA to Release Modified Regional Input-Output Model in 2015

The Bureau of Economic Analysis plans to release in 2015 a modified economic model to replace the original Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS II).  Cost savings will be realized because the modified model will be updated less frequently.

Much like RIMS II, the modified model will produce regional “multipliers” that can be used in economic impact studies to estimate the total economic impact of a project on a region.

However, the modified model will be updated with new input-output (I-O) data only for benchmark years.  That is — years ending in two and seven.  The modified model will become available to customers in 2015 and incorporate 2007 benchmark I-O data and 2012 regional economic data.

Last year, as a result of budget sequestration and reduced funding levels, BEA discontinued updates to RIMS II.  Orders for RIMS II multipliers, however, have continued to be accepted because the cost of fulfilling these orders is covered by a nominal processing fee.

After investigating ways to continue to meet the analytical needs of our customers but do so at a lower cost to BEA, the bureau decided to make a modified economic model available. Until the modified model is available in 2015, customers may continue to buy RIMS II multipliers.

How BEA Regional Data is Used to Distribute Federal Funds to State, Local Governments

Did you know that each year BEA regional economic statistics, such as annual personal income and per capita personal income are used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to states and local governments?  In fiscal year 2013, about $308 billion in federal funds were distributed under programs using BEA statistics in funding formulas.

Each year BEA gathers information on the amounts distributed by federal programs using BEA regional economic statistics.  BEA recently released materials detailing the amounts distributed in fiscal year 2013.  The information can be found on BEA’s Web site at under “Uses of the Regional Program Estimates”.

The use of BEA regional economic statistics in federal funding formulas is only one of the important uses of these data, and is just one reason why the accuracy and timeliness of these statistics are so important.

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Advance GDP by State Statistics: Widespread But Slower Growth in 2013


  • Real GDP increased in 49 states in 2013. Leading industry contributors were nondurable-goods manufacturing; real estate and rental and leasing; and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.
  • Nondurable-goods manufacturing was the largest contributor to U.S. real GDP by state growth in 2013. This industry was the leading contributor to real GDP growth in 10 states, contributing 2.65 percentage points to growth in Louisiana and 1.19 percentage points to growth in Texas.
  • Real estate was the leading contributor to growth in the New England region and contributed 0.50 percentage point or more to growth in North Dakota, Nevada, and Massachusetts.
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting contributed to real GDP growth in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
  • In North Dakota, the fastest growing state in 2013, mining contributed 3.61 percentage points to the state’s 9.7 percent growth in real GDP.
  • In contrast, government subtracted from real GDP growth in six of eight BEA regions, 39 states, and the District of Columbia in 2013.
  • Alaska was the only state where real GDP decreased in 2013, primarily due to a decline in mining.
  • Per capita real GDP ranged from a high of $70,113 in Alaska to a low of $32,421 in Mississippi. Per capita real GDP for the U.S. was $49,115.

Read the full report.