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News Release: Gross Domestic Product by Industry, 2006 (advance)

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Private Goods and Private Services Sectors Accelerated in 2006
Advance Estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Industry

Newly available data on the industry distribution of real GDP growth show that the private services-producing sector accelerated to 4.1 percent in 2006, up from 3.7 percent in 2005, and that the private goods-producing sector accelerated to 2.5 percent, up from 2.1 percent in 2005. Real growth in government slowed slightly to 0.6 percent, down from 0.7 percent in 2005.

The private services sector’s acceleration reflected more rapid growth in “finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing” that offset slower growth in retail trade, information, and “professional and business services.” Private goods-sector growth accelerated due to more rapid growth in durable-goods manufacturing and “agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting” and smaller decreases in mining and nondurable-goods manufacturing.

Real growth in manufacturing accelerated to 3.3 percent in 2006 after increasing 2.2 percent in 2005. This acceleration largely reflected stronger real growth in durable-goods manufacturing of 6.7 percent in 2006, up from 4.9 percent in the previous year. In 2006, durable-goods manufacturing accounted for 6.9 percent of the economy, but accounted for 13.6 percent of real GDP growth.

 

 Chart of Annual Percent Changes in Real World Value Added.

 

Value-added price growth for the private goods sector decelerated sharply to 3.4 percent in 2006 after increasing 6.1 percent in 2005, restraining overall GDP price growth.

The deceleration in the private goods sector’s value-added price index was largely in mining and reflected slower growth in crude petroleum prices. Despite decelerating sharply, the value-added price index for mining continued to experience double-digit growth, increasing 10.5 percent in 2006. Slower value-added price growth in construction and nondurable-goods manufacturing also contributed to the deceleration in private goods-sector price growth.

The value-added price index for the private services sector increased 2.6 percent in 2006, up from 2.3 percent in 2005. This was largely the result of faster growth in “real estate and rental and leasing” and “transportation and warehousing” that offset slower growth in wholesale trade. Value-added price growth for government slowed to 4.0 percent in 2006, down from 4.2 percent in 2005.

 

 Chart of Annual Percent Changes in Chain-type Price Indexes for Value Added.

 

Other highlights of the advance industry estimates for 2006 include:

Additional Information:

NOTE: These estimates rely heavily on industry data underlying the “final” 2006 fourth quarter GDP release from the national income and product accounts (NIPAs). Definitional and conceptual differences affect the comparability of some NIPA and GDP-by-industry measures. For example, in the NIPAs, the value added by goods-distribution (e.g., transport and trade) industries is included in the market value of goods. In the GDP-by-industry accounts, however, the value added by goods-distribution industries is included in the private services-producing sector. For more information, go to http://faq.bea.gov and search by keyword for “final expenditures versus value added” or see “Gross Domestic Product by Industry for 1987-2000” in the November 2004 issue of the Survey of Current Business.

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