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BEA Adds More Open Data to API

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Developers, do you want to bring more detailed economic data to your next app? The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently added several data sets to the application programming interface (API) we launched last year.

The API now provides direct access to the gross domestic product (GDP) underlying detail tables. Those tables contain a wealth of statistics, including how much consumers spend on hundreds of items like furnishings, food and flowers and how much revenue the government takes in and spends.

Other recently added data to the API provide information on:

  • National fixed assets, which include statistics on fixed assets like factory equipment, buildings, intellectual property and durable goods for consumers.
  • U.S. trade and investment relationships with other countries.
  • Economic impact of U.S. industries.
  • Activities of multinational enterprises.

The new additions give you the ability to create an even richer, customized economic dashboard of your own.

The new data sets join BEA’s GDP and related national economic statistics and regional economic statistics, which have been available via API since the service launched in May 2013. In addition to expanding the amount of data available on the API, BEA published an updated User Guide, making it easier for developers to start using the service.

BEA’s API allows developers to build a service to search, display, analyze, retrieve, or view BEA statistics. For example, you can create a “mashup” that combines BEA data with other government or private data sources to create new services or give your users a different perspective on their communities. Or you can design a tool that gives your users new ways to visualize economic data.

The API includes methods for retrieving subsets of BEA statistical data and the meta-data that describes it using HTTP requests. It delivers data in two industry-standard formats: XML (Extensible Markup Language) and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation).

To use the API, you need to register first. Full documentation is available in the updated API User Guide.

The BEA’s API is just one way BEA is supporting open data. Visit BEA’s Open Data site for a complete listing of BEA’s data sets in a machine readable JSON format, along with access to downloadable data sets and other data tools.

October 2014 Trade Gap is $43.4 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in October 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $43.6 billion in September (revised) to $43.4 billion in October, as exports increased more than imports. The previously published September deficit was $43.0 billion. The goods deficit increased less than $0.1 billion from September to $62.7 billion in October. The services surplus increased $0.1 billion from September to $19.2 billion in October.

 

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Exports
Exports of goods and services increased $2.3 billion in October to $197.5 billion, mostly reflecting an increase in exports of goods. Exports of services also increased.

  • The increase in exports of goods mostly reflected an increase in capital goods.
  • The increase in exports of services reflected increases in financial services, in maintenance and repair services, and in charges for the use of intellectual property.

Imports
Imports of goods and services increased $2.1 billion in October to $241.0 billion, mostly reflecting an increase in imports of goods. Imports of services also increased.

  • The increase in imports of goods was more than accounted for by increases in automotive vehicles, parts, and engines and in capital goods. A decrease in consumer goods was partly offsetting.
  • The increase in imports of services mostly reflected an increase in transport, which includes freight and port services and passenger fares.

 Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The goods deficit with China decreased from $31.2 billion in September to $29.6 billion in October. Exports increased $1.6 billion to $11.4 billion and imports decreased $0.1 billion to $40.9 billion.
  • The goods deficit with the European Union decreased from $12.5 billion in September to $11.2 billion in October. Exports increased $0.8 billion to $22.9 billion and imports decreased $0.4 billion to $34.2 billion.
  • The goods deficit with Mexico increased from $4.8 billion in September to $5.4 billion in October. Exports increased $0.2 billion to $20.0 billion and imports increased $0.8 billion to $25.4 billion.

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Real Consumer Spending Increases in October

Consumer Spending Nov26Personal income rose 0.2 percent in October, the same increase as in September. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal  income, rose 0.3 percent in October after rising 0.2 percent in September.

Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, rose 0.2 percent in October after rising 0.1 percent in September.

Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.1 percent in October, the same increase as in September.

Real consumer spending, spending adjusted for price changes, increased 0.2 percent in October after remaining flat in September. Spending on nondurable goods increased 0.5 percent in October after decreasing 0.3 percent in September.

PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in October, the same increase as in September. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices increased 0.2 percent in October after increasing 0.1 percent in September.

Personal saving rate
Personal saving as a percent of DPI was 5.0 percent in October, the same as in September.

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