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BEA offers an array of videos that will help you navigate our vast interactive database, learn how to use our eFile system to take and submit economic surveys and otherwise find your way to the information you want. An archive of past TV shows featuring BEA data also is available for you to peruse.  Just click on one of the sections below to get started and learn more about BEA.

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How Consumers Are Faring Across States

August 22, 2014

Ian Mead and Mark Hamrick talked about two reports from the Bureau of Economic Analysis on U.S. household spending and economic wellbeing through the recession of the late 2000s and the subsequent recovery. They also spoke about the amount consumers spend by state and the quarterly statistics on the economic activity generated by each state.

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Washington Journal

How America’s Industries Impact the U.S. Economy

MAY 16, 2014

Erich Strassner of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and Gregory Ip of The Economist discuss a government report that analyzes gross domestic product (GDP) for 22 industry sectors on a quarterly basis.

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Washington Journal

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A Look at GDP and Ways to Measure Well-Being

APR 28, 2014

Gross domestic product, the total dollar value of goods and services sold in the U.S., has become fundamental to American economic policy. But there are other essential assets, qualities and conditions that GDP can't measure, like the health of the environment or society. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at another way of measuring progress that takes more of these variables into account.

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PBS NewsHour

New Quarterly Industry Statistics

APR 17, 2014

Beginning April 25, BEA for the first time will start producing on a regular basis quarterly estimates of economic activity generated by 22 industries.

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Consumer Spending Habits

DEC 27, 2013

Nicole Mayerhauser and Jim Tankersley talked about the history of American consumers' spending habits on goods and services. Topics included the effect on the gross domestic product and the economy overall, personal income and the savings rate, changes in consumer buying habits, and changes in consumer behavior since the recession of 2008-09. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.

What is the origin of GDP?

JUL 31, 2013

Steve Landefeld, director of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, explains how the GDP became the most important measure of economic growth and how it has evolved.

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Arts and entertainment now part of GDP act

JUL 31, 2013

The Commerce Department is now including creations in arts and entertainments industries -- such as books, music, and movies -- to calculate the nation's GDP. Using this formula, the GDP actually grew 2.8 percent last year, not the 2.2 percent that was originally reported. Anthony Mason reports.

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Myths and Misperceptions about the U.S. Economy

MAR 29, 2013

Ryan Avent and Steve Landefeld talked about perceptions, misconceptions and myths about the U.S. economy. Topics included tax rates, federal spending and the debt, wages and income, off-shore and foreign ownership, and the nation’s economic standing in the world. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.

2012 Earnings for Americans

FEB 1, 2013

Brent Moulton and Neil Irwin talked about the 2012 earnings report, the government’s first look at how much Americans earned, spent and saved in 2012, trends in personal income, spending and savings, and how Americans have fared since the recession of 2008-09. He also talked about how the government’s fiscal, tax and social policies have affected Americans' financial well-being.

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This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.

Need help finding economic data?

How to find:
GDP per capita by Metro Area

JAN 28, 2013 - Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference | San Antonio, TX

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How to find:
Compensation

JAN 28, 2013 - Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference | San Antonio, TX

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Want to learn how to use BEA’s interactive tables?

Introduction to the BEA Interactive Data Application

JAN 28, 2013 - Bureau of Economic Analysis video showcasing the new interactive tables design and functionality.

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Need help filing a BEA survey?

Reporting Real Estate on BE-12C

May 3, 2013

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Questions about foreign owners?

APR 24, 2013

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Selecting an Industry Code on the BE-12 and BE-15 Surveys

APR 18, 2013

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What is the BE-12C and Do I Need to File?

APR 16, 2013

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