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Statement from Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services in July 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank issued the following statement today on the release of the July 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in July increased 3.6 percent from June to $178.0 billion. The value of exports in July, as well as the individual export values for goods and services, was the highest on record.

Listening to Local Businesses in South Carolina

In the heart of South Carolina’s picturesque horse community, I sat down at the Aiken County Chamber of Commerce to begin the first of two White House Business Council roundtable discussions with local business owners in Aiken and Columbia, S.C. These discussions, focused on rural communities during the month of August, are designed to provide an intimate forum for local businesses to discuss the obstacles they face in creating jobs and growing their businesses.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist Mark Doms on Personal Income and Outlays in July 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on personal income and outlays for July 2011. Personal income rose 0.3 percent in July, slightly below private-sector forecasts of a 0.4-percent increase, though personal income in both May and June was revised upward. Wages and salaries, the largest component of income, rose 0.4 percent. Real consumer spending jumped 0.5 percent, consistent with expectations, representing the largest monthly increase in real consumer spending since August 2009.

Statement from Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on New Residential Construction in July 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released data on new residential construction for July 2011. Permits for new housing units fell 3.2 percent following a small increase in June. Private-sector analysts had expected a 1.8-percent decline. The decrease was driven by multi-family homes with five or more units. Permits for single-family homes and those with two-to-four units both increased. Housing starts declined 1.5 percent in July after a large increase in June. Private-sector analysts had expected a 4.6-percent decrease.

Statement from Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank on Retail Sales in July 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for July 2011. Retail sales increased 0.5 percent, similar to private-sector expectations, and sales in May and June were revised upward, each by 0.2 percent. Motor vehicle sales increased 0.5 percent in July, and sales at gasoline stations jumped 1.6 percent. Sales excluding those at motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations also rose 0.5 percent.

New Commerce Department Report Shows Foreign Direct Investment:Since 2000, FDI has Supported More Than 5 Million Jobs at 30% Higher Wages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) today reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States over the past decade has supported more than 5 million U.S. jobs that, on average, paid 30 percent more than other jobs. The findings, presented in a new ESA report entitled “Foreign Direct Investment in the United States,” point the way toward policies that could expand the number of foreign partners investing in the United States and, in so doing, create more high-paying U.S. jobs.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on April 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the April 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in April 2011 increased 1.3 percent from March 2011 to a record $175.6 billion, with record exports of both goods ($126.4 billion) and services ($49.1 billion). The monthly export values for U.S.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank on Personal Income and Outlays in April 2011

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on personal income and outlays for April 2011. Personal income increased 0.4 percent in April, consistent with private-sector expectations. Wages and salaries, the largest component of income, rose a solid 0.4 percent, supported by improvements in the labor market. Real consumer spending rose 0.1 percent in April and is up 1.0 percent at an annual rate above its first-quarter average.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist Mark Doms on the Second Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the First Quarter

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released the second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2011. Real GDP grew 1.8 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter, unchanged from last month’s advance report and slightly below private-sector expectations of an upward revision. Corporate profits grew by $21.9 billion in the first quarter of 2011 to a level of $1,700.2 billion.

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