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BEA’s New and Existing Statistics Offer Economic Intel for Entrepreneurs and Business Community

What are consumer spending patterns in California compared to New York? Which states are attracting new foreign investment?  How are different industries in each state performing on a quarterly basis? Those are just a few examples of the kinds of new statistics that the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is producing to give entrepreneurs even more economic intelligence as they chart strategies on marketing, investing, and hiring.

These new statistics, which will soon be released, join a raft of existing BEA data that offer entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and households detailed insights into what is happening on the economic front in the United States, in states, metro areas, and counties, and in the global marketplace. BEA data also offer timely insights on the economic impact of major industries, such as finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing, manufacturing, and health care.

BEA’s existing economic statistics are available for free on our Web site, our interactive tables, and through our API. We also have some additional handy data tools to easily and quickly obtain fast facts on regional economic activity (BEARFACTS) as well as trade and investment activity between the United States and another country of your choosing (Country Facts).

In addition, BEA also has available a regional economic impact tool that enables entrepreneurs  and other business people to estimate the regional impacts of a variety of projects, such as the development of a new manufacturing plant or the construction and development of a sports stadium. That tool is called the Regional Input-Output Modeling System, or RIMS II, for short, and is available for a fee.

Debuting on November 30, BEA will release new statistics detailing new foreign direct investment in the United States. These statistics, which cover new direct investments initiated in 2014, will provide information on:

  • The total amount of new investment foreigners are making in the United States.
  • The industries that are drawing new foreign investment.
  • The states attracting new investments as well as the countries of the foreign owners.
  • The type of investment made—creating a new company or acquiring or expanding an existing one. “Greenfield” investment includes establishments of new companies by foreign investors and expansions of already existing companies.

Then, on December 1, BEA will begin producing on a regular basis another new set of statistics detailing how much consumers are spending in each state on goods and services, such as food and beverages, gasoline and other energy products, housing and utilities, and health care.

The data, called personal consumption expenditures by state, will provide statistics for 2014 back to 1997, a series that will give entrepreneurs and other business people useful information to analyze consumer buying trends over time.

One week later, BEA on December 10 will start producing on a regular basis yet another new set of statistics providing information on states’ economic performance each quarter, including which industries are helping or hindering economic activity.

Industries tracked include manufacturing, agriculture, mining, utilities, retail, transportation and warehousing, information, and finance and insurance. These new statistics called gross domestic product by state will provide data for the second quarter of 2015 back to the first quarter of 2005.

Local Area Personal Income: 2014

Personal income grew in 2014 in 2,662 counties, fell in 438, and was unchanged in 13. On average, personal income rose 4.6 percent in 2014 in the metropolitan portion of the United States and rose 3.2 percent in the nonmetropolitan portion. The metropolitan and nonmetropolitan portions grew 1.1 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, in 2013. The percent change from 2013 to 2014 in personal income ranged from -35.1 percent in Wallace County, Kansas to 83.7 percent in McPherson County, Nebraska.

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Per capita personal income—personal income divided by population—is a useful metric for making comparisons of the level of personal income across counties. Per capita personal income for 2014 ranged from $15,787 in Wheeler County, Georgia to $194,485 in Teton County, Wyoming.

For more information, read the full report.

Statistics on the Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises Now Available for 2013; Updated Data Available for 2012

Statistics detailing the activities of U.S. affiliates of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) are now available from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The statistics, which provide information for the first time for 2013 as well as updated data for 2012, offer details on the finances and operations of U.S. affiliates of foreign MNEs, including their employment and compensation, sales, value added, capital expenditures, trade in goods, and expenditures for research and development.

Here are some highlights from the statistics:

  • The current-dollar value added of majority-owned U.S. affiliates, a measure of their direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product, totaled $835.6 billion in 2013. That’s an increase of $43.3 billion, or 5.5 percent, from 2012. Value added by affiliates rose at a faster pace than total U.S. private industry value added. As a result, affiliates’ share of U.S. private industry value added increased to 6.4 percent in 2013, from 6.3 percent in 2012.
  • Affiliates with ultimate beneficial  owners in  seven  countries— the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands —accounted for nearly three-fourths of the value added by all majority-owned U.S. affiliates in 2013.
  • Majority-owned U.S. affiliates employed 6.1 million workers, rising 3.6 percent in 2013, following a 3.3 percent increase in 2012. The share of U.S. private industry employment accounted for by U.S. affiliates of foreign multinational enterprises was 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in 2012.
  • The states with the largest shares of total private industry employment accounted for by U.S. affiliates in 2013 were South Carolina (8.1 percent), New Hampshire (7.4 percent), and Delaware (7.1 percent).
  • Exports of goods by affiliates rose by $10.5 billion, or 3 percent, and imports rose by $16.3 billion, or 2.5 percent, in 2013.
  • Research and development performed by affiliates rose by $2.7 billion, or 5.4 percent, in 2013.

For more information, read the full article in the November Survey of Current Business.

In August 2015, BEA released statistics on the activities of U.S. multinational enterprises (including U.S. parent companies and their foreign affiliates).


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