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New Data Showcase Economic Impact of Arts and Culture in U.S. and States

Sure, Broadway and Hollywood employ lots of creative people. But when it comes to artistic and cultural work, not all the action is on the coasts. New data show arts and culture account for a larger share of jobs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado than they do nationally.

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has produced statistics spotlighting the economic impact of arts and cultural activities in each state and the District of Columbia.

These state-level employment and compensation estimates add local detail to the more expansive national data in the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, a set of experimental statistics first released in 2013. The state data cover the years 2001-2014. National data have been updated with estimates for 2014.

Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, or $729.6 billion, in 2014. Arts and culture, including supporting industries, accounted for 4.8 million wage and salary jobs across the nation.

One way to see the states where these jobs have a relatively larger presence is by using BEA’s employment location quotients. These measurements compare the share of arts and cultural jobs within a state’s total employment with the share of arts and cultural jobs nationally.lq-state-employment-map-blog

For example, Wyoming’s location quotient is 1.30, meaning its share of arts and cultural employment relative to other jobs in the state was 30 percent above the national average, and ranks second-highest among the states. Many of these jobs fall into the “government” category, including arts- and culture-related work within American Indian tribal councils and Wyoming’s expansive parklands. Other Western states, including Utah and Colorado, show a similar pattern.

Washington state’s employment was boosted by retail work in online sales of arts- and culture-related books and merchandise.

As expected, motion pictures starred in California’s arts and culture employment. Government, retail and media jobs figured strongly in New York, in addition to the performing arts.

The District of Columbia was also measured, and it had the highest location quotient – 2.51. That reflects the high number of government employees in the federal city, many with work related to arts and culture, such as at Smithsonian museums, the Kennedy Center and national monuments.

The states with the highest concentration of arts and cultural jobs, with their location quotients: New York (1.47), Wyoming (1.30), Washington (1.28), California and Utah (both 1.17), Rhode Island and Colorado (1.13), Alaska (1.11), Massachusetts and Oregon (both 1.09).


You can find handy one-page highlights for each state, or access more detailed state and national data, on See BEA’s news release for more information about the arts and cultural account.

The account offers statistics for “core” arts and cultural activities and for their “supporting” industries.

The core industries are originators of ideas and content associated with arts and culture, such as performers, writers, artists and designers; museums, historical sites and nature parks; and managers, agents and promoters.

The supporting industries produce and disseminate arts and cultural commodities. They include broadcasters, art galleries, grant-makers, and governments of all levels. In some cases, such as companies making musical instruments, most of their workers fall under this account. But for many supporting industries – such as retail, construction and printing – the jobs in the arts and cultural account represent a small percentage of the industry’s total employees.

An example: Dancers are core arts employees. Workers who make ballet slippers, build theaters or print programs are in supporting industries.

Satellite accounts are built by painstakingly identifying data spread throughout BEA’s existing national economic accounts, and also weighing outside information that may shed more light on the subject. These accounts don’t change official U.S. statistics, such as gross domestic product. But they do produce more in-depth analysis of their subjects, which is valuable to businesses, analysts, policymakers and other Americans.

Deciding what to include and what to exclude can be an art in itself. BEA’s definition of arts and cultural economic activity is largely consistent with those of the United Nations and the European Union. Unlike some of our international counterparts, BEA excludes sports.

BEA continues to seek more detailed data for its satellite accounts and to refine their methodology. Comments and suggestions are welcome at

This satellite account was created with the support of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Report on the State-by-state Economic Impact of Arts and Culture Coming April 19

A new report on the state-by-state economic impact of arts and cultural production will be released Wednesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. Eastern time by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The report will provide – for the first time ever – state-level information on employment and employee compensation in the arts and culture sector, covering the years 2001-2014.

The report will also provide new statistics on the contribution of arts and cultural production to the U.S. economy during 2014, along with revised national statistics for 2012-2013. The report is part of the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, which is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account is part of a series of BEA satellite accounts that complement BEA’s core industry economic accounts. These satellite accounts focus on specific industries, such as travel and tourism, and provide data users with more detailed economic information, a useful tool for analysis.

February 2017 Trade Gap is $43.6 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in February 2017 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $48.2 billion in January (revised) to $43.6 billion in February, as exports increased and imports decreased. The previously published January deficit was $48.5 billion. The goods deficit decreased $4.6 billion in February to $65.0 billion. The services surplus increased less than $0.1 billion in February to $21.4 billion.

Balance on Goods and Services Trade April 4

Exports of goods and services increased $0.4 billion, or 0.2 percent, in February to $192.9 billion. Exports of goods increased $0.4 billion and exports of services increased less than $0.1 billion.

  • The increase in exports of goods mostly reflected increases in consumer goods ($0.7 billion), in other goods ($0.5 billion), and in industrial supplies and materials ($0.4 billion). Decreases in foods, feeds, and beverages ($0.7 billion) and in capital goods ($0.6 billion) were partly offsetting.
  • The increase in exports of services reflected nearly offsetting changes of $0.1 billion or less in all categories.

Imports of goods and services decreased $4.3 billion, or 1.8 percent, in February to $236.4 billion. Imports of goods decreased $4.2 billion and imports of services decreased less than $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in imports of goods mostly reflected decreases in consumer goods ($3.1 billion) and in automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($2.6 billion). An increase in industrial supplies and materials ($1.4 billion) was partly offsetting.
  • The decrease in imports of services reflected nearly offsetting changes of $0.1 billion or less in all categories.

For more detailed information on trade by type of good or service and with major trading partners, see U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services: February 2017.

For more information, read the full report.

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