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Recent Economic Trends in Manufacturing

The initial strength of the rebound in manufacturing after the Great Recession has cooled off in recent years.1 Although limited, the available data so far for 2017 indicates that there may be some renewed momentum for growth. Additionally, a monthly survey of manufacturers indicates that the sector is growing.

However, the U.S. manufacturing sector is made up of many industries that produce goods as diverse as food products, automobiles, furniture, and refined petroleum products and the performance of these industries has varied considerably.

This report presents some of the latest data available and explores recent historical trends for the manufacturing sector as a whole and for its industries.

2015: What is Made in America?

Accurately determining how much of our economy's total manufacturing production is American-made can be a daunting task. However, data from the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) can help shed light on what percentage of the manufacturing sector's gross output is considered domestic. This report works through several estimates of how to measure the domestic content of the U.S. gross output of manufactured goods, starting from the most basic estimates and working up to the more complex estimate, domestic content.

Made in the USA and Measured by the Census Bureau

For more than 200 years — since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in America — the U.S. Census Bureau has described the state of America’s manufacturing. It all began as part of the 1810 Census, when U.S. Marshals collecting the population data also asked the first questions on manufacturing establishments. U.S. manufacturing has changed since then, when the landscape was dotted with textile mills.

U.S. Commerce Department Releases New Report on Foreign Direct Investment Trends

Investment in the United States remains strong, total FDI in the United States growing at an average of six percent per year

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a new report that highlights the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the U.S. economy. The Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Update to 2013 Report examines recent trends in FDI and highlights newly released “greenfield” FDI data from the Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The report notes that foreign direct investment trends identified in earlier reports have continued to 2015.

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Update to 2013 Report

Office of the Chief Economist SealThe United States remains an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) for a variety of reasons, including a large consumer base, a productive workforce, a highly innovative environment, and legal protections.  As a result, foreign firms make investments in the United States on a regular basis by establishing new operations, purchasing existing operations of another company, or providing additional capital to their existing U.S. operations. This report, which updates a report released in 2013, examines recent trends in FDI and highlights newly released “greenfield” FDI data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).1 Foreign direct investment trends identified in the earlier report have continued to 2015.

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