More than Just GDP: An Overview of BEA Statistics

Gross domestic product is BEA’s flagship statistic, the one people are most likely to know. But we produce lots of other data in addition to the nation’s GDP. You can get a quick overview by exploring BEA’s four main types of economic accounts: regional, national, international and industry.

An easy way to do that is to look through each area’s interactive data tables (tables that can be customized to show the statistics that interest you).

They’re grouped this way on bea.gov:

You’ll notice GDP appears in multiple areas. BEA’s regional accounts break down GDP by states and metropolitan areas, while the industry accounts show GDP for different types of industry, such as farming, real estate or legal services.

Not everything is in the interactive tables. You may also want to check out the satellite accounts – detailed statistics that provide a better understanding of a specific type of economic activity. Currently, BEA has satellite accounts on arts and cultural production, health care and travel and tourism. We’re also working to develop an Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account.

We encourage you to learn more about the U.S. economy by exploring BEA’s data on our website. GDP isn’t the only exciting thing you’ll find.


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