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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, August 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Wed, 10/05/2016 - 08:30
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $40.7 billion in August, up $1.2 billion from $39.5 billion in July, revised. August exports were $187.9 billion, $1.5 billion more than July exports. August imports were $228.6 billion, $2.6 billion more than July imports. Full Text
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Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 2015

BEA - News Release RSS - Tue, 10/04/2016 - 08:30
Growth in state personal consumption expenditures (PCE) - the measure of goods and services purchased by or on behalf of households - decelerated to 3.6 percent on average in 2015 from 4.4 percent in 2014. In 2015, PCE growth ranged from 1.5 percent in Wyoming to 5.0 percent in Florida. Full Text
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Personal Income and Outlays, August 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Fri, 09/30/2016 - 08:30
Personal income increased $39.3 billion (0.2 percent) in August according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $31.9 billion (0.2 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $6.2 billion (less than 0.1 percent). Full Text
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Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2016 (third estimate); Corporate Profits, 2nd quarter 2016 (revised estimate)

BEA - News Release RSS - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:30
Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the second quarter of 2016 (table 1), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.8 percent. Full Text
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State Quarterly Personal Income, 2nd quarter 2016; State Annual Personal Income, 2015

BEA - News Release RSS - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 08:30
State personal income growth accelerated to 1.0 percent on average in the second quarter of 2016 from 0.3 percent in the first quarter, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Full Text
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U.S. International Investment Position, 2nd quarter 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 08:30
The U.S. net international investment position at the end of the second quarter of 2016 was -$8,042.8 billion (preliminary), according to statistics released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. At the end of the first quarter, the net position was -$7,582.0 billion (revised). The $460.8 billion decrease in the net position reflected a $864.9 billion increase in the value of U.S. liabilities that exceeded a $404.1 billion increase in the value of U.S. assets. Full Text
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Gross Domestic Product for Guam, 2015

BEA - News Release RSS - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:00
The estimates of GDP for Guam show that real GDP--GDP adjusted to remove price changes--increased 0.4 percent in 2015 after increasing 1.3 percent in 2014 (see Table 1.3). For comparison, real GDP for the United States (excluding the territories) increased 2.6 percent in 2015 after increasing 2.4 percent in 2014. Full Text
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Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015

BEA - News Release RSS - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 08:30
Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 292 metropolitan areas in 2015, led by growth in professional and business services; wholesale and retail trade; and finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing. Collectively, real GDP for U. S. metropolitan areas increased 2.5 percent in 2015 after increasing 2.3 percent in 2014. Full Text
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New American Community Survey Data Released Today

CENSUS Directors Blog - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:23

Written by: John H. Thompson

Today, communities across the nation have new American Community Survey (ACS) statistics to help them make informed decisions. The ACS one-year estimates released today provide statistics on dozens of economic, social, housing and demographic topics that are important to people and communities across America.

The ACS is the nation’s largest household survey and it is the only available source of data for many of the issues that it covers. With data released every year, it covers every geographic area in the U.S. – making it the only uniform measure that every county, city and community nationwide can use. Business and community leaders use ACS data to analyze how the needs of their neighborhoods are evolving, and how to use their resources to meet those needs.

For example, the City of New Orleans is putting Census data to use through an innovative program that distributes smoke alarms to households that need them. This is just one powerful example of how people in communities nationwide benefit from the ACS data released today.

Last year, the New Orleans Fire Department and Office of Performance and Accountability used block group-level data from our American Community Survey five-year estimates to identify homes that were most in need of smoke alarms – such as people living in older structures or with young children – and more likely to have fatalities due to fire. Equipped with this data, they have distributed over 10,000 smoke alarms to New Orleans residents since March 2015.

New Orleans used reliable and publicly available data from the Census Bureau about its community to make informed decisions about how to protect residents. Census Bureau data make our governments more responsive and better informed, our businesses more competitive, and our communities better served. This is just one example of how communities have tailored ACS data to guide specific local decisions.

We depend on the public’s cooperation to produce high-quality statistics about our people, places and economy, and I thank everyone who has participated in the ACS and provided important data that the nation depends on. The Census Bureau is proud to provide the timeliest, comprehensive, and statistically precise data available for community decision making – free of charge.

To access today’s release of one-year estimates from the American Community Survey, check out the press release with the findings, and check Census.gov in December for the release of the ACS 5 year data. Use the hashtag #ACSdata to let us know how you use ACS data to benefit your community.

U.S. International Transactions, 2nd quarter 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 08:30
The U.S. current-account deficit decreased to $119.9 billion (preliminary) in the second quarter of 2016 from $131.8 billion (revised) in the first quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The deficit decreased to 2.6 percent of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) from 2.9 percent in the first quarter. Full Text
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Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts, 2nd quarter 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 08:30
Real spending (output) on travel and tourism accelerated in the second quarter of 2016, increasing at an annual rate of 4.7 percent after increasing 1.2 percent (revised) in the first quarter according to new statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. By comparison, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.1 percent in the second quarter after increasing 0.8 percent in the first. Full Text
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On the Road in North Carolina

CENSUS Directors Blog - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:35

Written by: John H. Thompson

Last week, I attended the North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission Quarterly Meeting, where I met with tribal leaders to discuss our 2020 Census planning goals in Indian Country. Tribal input helps the U.S. Census Bureau increase the response rate for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. We listened to tribal leaders’ insights on a range of topics.

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Brucie Ogletree Richardson, Chief of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of North Carolina, is interviewed as part of the 2020 Census tribal consultation.

Specifically, we solicited comments on ensuring that everyone in the household – including extended family members – are counted, and on increasing the American Indian and Alaska Native response rate to the census. We also discussed topics like geography, recruitment activities, data collection operations, outreach and promotion, tribal enrollment and others. As we continue to plan for the 2020 Census, it’s crucial that we begin to identify the operations and communications strategies for those efforts now.

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In North Carolina, I met with Lebaron Byrd, Chief of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians; Randy Anthony Crummie, Santee Indian Organization; and Prentiss Wayne Parr, Chief of the Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina.

I want to thank Gregory Richardson, Executive Director of the North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission, for hosting this meeting and all of the tribal leaders for their input. I deeply appreciate their interest in and contributions to the 2020 Census. This fall, we’ll conduct eight more tribal consultations across Indian Country. I encourage tribal leaders and members to participate so that we can ensure a full and accurate count of the American Indian and Alaska Native population. These consultations have proven to benefit our government-to-government relationship ahead of the census, and I look forward to hearing tribal leaders’ perspectives and discussing possible areas for future collaboration.

Duane Ousamequin Shepard, Sr., Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation, discusses issues related to tribal enumeration.

Duane Ousamequin Shepard, Sr., Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation, discusses issues related to tribal enumeration.

I met with Cameron Strongheart Press, the junior tribal representative for the Cherokee of Georgia.

I met with Cameron Strongheart Press, the junior tribal representative for the Cherokee of Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission for hosting me and other Census Bureau staff members at this tribal consultation. We met with 31 tribal and 9 non-tribal attendees.

 

Just in Time for the New Academic Year: Census Bureau Unveils New Statistics in Schools Program

CENSUS Directors Blog - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:06

Written by Nancy A. Potok, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer

As the academic year begins, we are excited to roll out a new U.S. Census Bureau program, “Statistics in Schools” aimed at making a real and positive difference in American education.

Statistics in Schools offers teachers and students a free toolbox brimming with comprehensive statistical information to enrich the K-12 academic experience.

In 2010, Census in Schools, the forerunner to Statistics in Schools showed us the importance of educating America’s youth about statistics. We are excited to unveil a new evergreen program that will last between each decennial census. Statistics in Schools has the richness of its predecessor but carries forward all of the work, energy and time invested in developing a trove of valuable educational materials.

The new website provides data, tools and teacher-friendly activities to K-12 educators in math, history, and social studies as well as the newly added subjects of geography and sociology. We also doubled the number of tools on the website; resulting in more than 100 resources from which teachers can choose, including:

    • Maps and historical documents — historical and current maps as well as photos, cartoons and census records.
    • News articles — examples of census data applied to current events in the news.
    • Videos — the importance of statistics and how data relates to students today.
    • Games — test your students’ knowledge in our population bracketology game.
    • Infographics and data visualizations — census data presented visually; many linked to a classroom activity.
    • Searchable data tools that reveal population statistics by sex, age, ethnicity and race.
    • Activities organized by grade, education standard and subject.
    • Information to help teachers explain the Census Bureau to students.

To develop the program, we assembled subject matter experts from the American Statistical Association, the National Geographic Society, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and many others to vet and evaluate Statistics in Schools materials. Our first road test yielded a wealth of information on how we could further strengthen the program — teams of more than 350 teachers from across the country, along with experts on subjects and standards, pointed to improvements that would make Statistics in Schools even more useful. The program is now ready for prime time.

The next step in the program is perhaps the most exciting, as educators throughout the nation begin to leverage Statistics in Schools to enrich their curricula. I look forward to being on this journey with you, toward improved statistical literacy for the next generation, America’s future. Please stay in touch — we will be listening closely to learn what works, what could be improved, and how the Census Bureau can continue to help you. Please return to visit this space again, I will be reporting on what we learn!

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, July 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:30
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $39.5 billion in July, down $5.2 billion from $44.7 billion in June, revised. July exports were $186.3 billion, $3.4 billion more than June exports. July imports were $225.8 billion, $1.8 billion less than June imports. Full Text
Categories: Economic Indicators

Personal Income and Outlays, July 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:30
Personal income increased $71.6 billion (0.4 percent) in July according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $60.1 billion (0.4 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $42.0 billion (0.3 percent). Full Text
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Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2016 (second estimate); Corporate Profits, 2nd quarter 2016 (preliminary estimate)

BEA - News Release RSS - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:30
Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.8 percent. Full Text
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Gross Domestic Product for American Samoa, 2015

BEA - News Release RSS - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 16:00
The estimates of GDP for American Samoa show that real GDP--GDP adjusted to remove price changes--increased 1.1 percent in 2015 after increasing 1.3 percent in 2014 (see Table 1.3). For comparison, real GDP for the United States (excluding the territories) increased 2.6 percent in 2015 after increasing 2.4 percent in 2014. Full Text
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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, June 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 08:30
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $44.5 billion in May, up $3.6 billion from $41.0 billion in May, revised. June exports were $183.2 billion, $0.6 billion more than May exports. June imports were $227.7 billion, $4.2 billion more than May imports. Full Text
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Personal Income and Outlays, June 2016

BEA - News Release RSS - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 08:30
Personal income increased $29.3 billion (0.2 percent) in June according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $24.6 billion (0.2 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $53.0 billion (0.4 percent). Full Text
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Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2016 (advance estimate)

BEA - News Release RSS - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 08:30
Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016 (table 1), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.8 percent (revised). Full Text
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