BEA releasing new FDI stats this year

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New FDI Stats Coming Soon!

2015 Promises More Data from BEA on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the United States

New Data from BEA

Are you looking for statistics on new investment by foreign companies in the United States? The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has you covered. New statistics slated to be unveiled later this year will provide information on things like when a foreign company launches a new business in this country or expands an existing one by building a new plant.

The new data will give foreign entrepreneurs even more tools to make informed decisions about investing and hiring in the United States. The new statistics also will help guide national policy and state programs that aim to attract foreign direct investment and improve job opportunities in the United States.

Read more on the Commerce Blog

Nearly 6 Million Jobs Depend on FDI: Latest Numbers


This November, BEA released data on the activities of U.S. affiliates of foreign companies in 2012, including employment, sales, R&D expenditures, capital expenditures, and more. Links to the report and the data tables are posted on BEA's blog

Creating jobs

  • In 2012, majority-owned U.S. affiliates of foreign companies employed 5.8 million people in the United States. Over one-third of these jobs are in the manufacturing sector.


  • These U.S. affiliates of foreign companies accounted for $48 billion in research and development expenditures in 2012.

Driving U.S. trade

  • U.S. affiliates of foreign companies are well-integrated globally, and accounted for more than one-fifth of total U.S. goods exports in 2012.

Looking at the big picture

Did you know that the United States is the largest recipient of FDI in the world? According to the latest BEA data from 2013, the total stock of direct investment in the United States was valued at $2.8 trillion (18 percent of GDP) and FDI inflows totaled nearly $231 billion, up from $170 billion in 2012.

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