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American Samoa Economy Shrinks in 2013; Consumer Spending Grows

Estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) for American Samoa show that real GDP — adjusted to remove price changes — decreased 2.4 percent in 2013. In contrast, real GDP for the U.S. (excluding the territories) increased 2.2 percent in 2013.

The decline in the American Samoa economy reflected a decrease in territorial government spending that was partly offset by increases in consumer spending and private fixed investment.

Territorial government spending declined for a second year, primarily reflecting reductions in construction spending and purchases of equipment. Federal grant revenues, which make up a significant portion of the central government’s revenues, also decreased for a second year.

Consumer spending grew for the first time since 2004. The largest contributor to the increase in 2013 was purchases of nondurable goods. The growth in nondurable goods was driven primarily by food and beverage purchases.

Private fixed investment, which includes spending by businesses on construction and equipment, grew in 2013. This growth reflected investments by the tuna canning industry, including the completion of a multimillion-dollar cold storage facility in April 2013.

Read the full report here.

BEA to Release 2013 Metro-Area GDP Statistics Sept. 16

Statistics on the 2013 economic performance of the nation’s 381 metropolitan areas will be released Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. EDT by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

The release will also include revised statistics for the years 2001-2012, along with maps of the eight BEA economic regions and a table detailing the contributions of thirteen principal industries to the economic growth of each area. The news release, containing hyperlinks to the maps and data tables, will be forwarded to you.

Gross domestic product by metropolitan area is the metro-area counterpart to national GDP and represents the value of the goods and services produced in a metropolitan area.


Brian Moyer Named New BEA Director


Brian Moyer was named Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, bringing more than 20 years of experience in economic statistics to the post. His new status as Director takes effect Sept. 21.

Dr. Moyer is currently BEA’s Deputy Director and has served as Acting Director since May 2 when the agency’s previous chief retired.

The non-partisan BEA is one of the federal government’s leading economic intelligence agencies and produces millions of official economic data points – national, regional, industry and international – used by business leaders, policymakers and Americans to make more informed decisions.

Dr. Moyer joined BEA, which is part of the U.S. Commerce Department, in 1993 and held several key positions including Associate Director for Industry Accounts.

Under his leadership, BEA has made numerous advances in measuring and gauging the performance of the U.S. economy, including new measures of intangible and high-tech goods and services, expanded information on multinational companies and foreign direct investment, and more timely GDP statistics for states, metropolitan area and industries. Dr. Moyer has also played a key role in developing and improving international standards and guidelines used to prepare economic statistics worldwide.

“With the challenges facing BEA in the coming years – things like greater use of ‘big data’ and more integration across the U.S. statistical agencies – I am pleased to have Brian leading BEA,” said Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Commerce Department.

Dr. Moyer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D in economics from American University.