August 2020

Director’s Message

A message from Mary Bohman, Acting Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

GDP and the Economy: Advance Estimates for the Second Quarter of 2020

Real GDP decreased 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020, reflecting negative contributions from consumer spending, exports, inventory investment, nonresidential fixed investment, residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending.

The 2020 Annual Update of the National Income and Product Accounts

Details of the annual update, which incorporated newly available and revised source data as well as new methods.

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Direct Investment by Country and Industry for 2019

Growth in the outward investment position increased $158.6 billion to $5.96 trillion, up 2.7 percent from 2018. The inward investment position increased $331.2 billion to $4.46 trillion, up 8.0 percent from 2018.

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New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States in 2019

Spending by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $194.7 billion, down 37.7 percent from 2018. Employment at these businesses was 210,600 workers.