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Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises, 2016

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Majority-owned U.S. affiliates (MOUSAs) of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) employed 7.1 million workers (preliminary) in the United States in 2016, a 3.9 percent increase from 6.8 million (revised) in 2015, according to statistics on MOUSA operations and finances released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. MOUSAs accounted for 5.6 percent of total private-industry employment in the United States. Employment by MOUSAs was largest in manufacturing and in administration, support, and waste management services. MOUSAs with ultimate beneficial owners in the United Kingdom, Japan, and France were the largest contributors to total MOUSA employment. (See the Additional Information for definitions of MOUSAs and other terminology used in this release.) Current-dollar value added of

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Majority-owned U.S. affiliates (MOUSAs) of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) employed 7.1 million workers (preliminary) in the United States in 2016, a 3.9 percent increase from 6.8 million (revised) in 2015, according to statistics on MOUSA operations and finances released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

MOUSAs accounted for 5.6 percent of total private-industry employment in the United States. Employment by MOUSAs was largest in manufacturing and in administration, support, and waste management services. MOUSAs with ultimate beneficial owners in the United Kingdom, Japan, and France were the largest contributors to total MOUSA employment. (See the Additional Information for definitions of MOUSAs and other terminology used in this release.)

Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises, 2016

Current-dollar value added of MOUSAs, a measure of their direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), increased 1.9 percent to $910.6 billion. MOUSAs accounted for 6.4 percent of total U.S. business-sector GDP.

Expenditures for property, plant, and equipment by MOUSAs decreased 1.2 percent to $258.9 billion. MOUSAs accounted for 16.4 percent of total U.S. private business capital expenditures. Research and development (R&D) performed by MOUSAs increased 6.0 percent to $60.1 billion. MOUSAs accounted for 16.0 percent of total U.S. business R&D.

Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises, 2016

By state, private-industry employment accounted for by MOUSAs was highest in South Carolina (8.2 percent), New Jersey (8.2 percent), and Kentucky (8.0 percent). In all three states, MOUSAs in the manufacturing industry employed the most workers.

Additional statistics on the activities of U.S. affiliates of foreign multinationals including sales, balance sheet and income statement items, compensation of employees, trade, and more are available on BEA's website. More industry, country, and state level detail are also available on the website and will be published in the December issue of the Survey of Current Business.

Updates to the statistics

Statistics for 2015 are revised to incorporate newly available and revised source data. Preliminary statistics for 2015 were released in August 2017 and highlighted in "Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises in 2015" in the August 2017 issue of the Survey of Current Business.

Updates to Statistics on 2015 Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises
Billions of dollars, except as noted

  Preliminary
estimate
Revised
estimate
Number of employees (thousands) 6,820.7 6,822.8
Value added 894.5 894.0
Expenditures for property, plant, and equipment 253.7 262.0
Research and development expenditures 56.7 56.7

Next release:  November 15, 2019
Activities of U.S. Affiliates of Foreign Multinational Enterprises, 2017

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