BEA provides basic information on such key issues as economic growth, inflation, regional development, and the nation's role in the world economy. Estimates of personal income and employment by State, Metropolitan Area, and county are available through the Regional Economic Information System (REIS). The system includes an information retrieval service that provides a variety of analytical tabulations for counties and combinations of counties.

REIS contains economic data and annual estimates of personal income for the residents of the United States as well as States, 337 Metropolitan Areas and 3,107 counties for 1969-1989. Statistics include: personal income by source; per capita personal income; earnings by 2-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code industry; full and part-time employment by industry; regional economic profiles. The CD-ROM includes software programs for extractions and allow the user to display, print, or copy one or more of the standard tables from the historical personal income series.

In addition, REIS includes BEA estimates of quarterly personal income by State (1969:I-1991:IV) and Census Bureau data on intercounty flows for 1960, 1970, and 1980. Also included are BEA's latest gross state product estimates for 1977-89; its projections to 2040 of income and employment for States and Metropolitan Areas; and total commuters' income flows, 1969-90. These additional data, though not accessible through software programs, are in fixed-length record formats and are easily imported into spreadsheet or database applications.

For a detailed description on BEA products consult the "About the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Its Information" document (listed under producer).



    Total Personal Income by Type of Income and
    Earnings by Industrial Source (2-digit SIC).

    Earnings are composed of wages and salaries, other labor income, and proprietors' income. The industrial earnings data are classified by place of work. In order to compute personal income (classified by place of residence), the total earnings by place of work is adjusted to a net earnings by place of residence by subtracting personal contributions for social insurance and adding an adjustment for residence, i.e., an adjustment for earnings of commuters who cross the area boundary. Dividends, interest, rent, and transfer payments are added to the net earnings to yield the personal income of the residents of a given area.

    The per capita personal income estimates can be misleading in areas where population changes rapidly. Population is measured at midyear, whereas income is measured as a flow over the year.

    Full and Part-Time Employees by Major Industry

    Total number of wage and salary employees and the number of farm and non-farm proprietors. Totals by major industry. These data really comprise a count of jobs, not the number of employed persons. People holding multiple jobs, including part-time jobs, are counted once for each job.

    Transfer Payments

    Data on payments to persons, generally in monetary form, for which they do not render current services. As a component of personal income, they are payments by government and business to individuals and nonprofit institutions.

    Farm Income and Expenses

    County Profile

    A selection of data for each county (Summary information for the States and counties of the nation; total personal income, per capita personal income, and population).


The variable listing presented contains only information concerning the Annual Estimates of Personal Income and Employment for the States, Metropolitan Areas, and counties of the nation.


Included on the CD-ROM media are the following dataset:

Census Journey to Work:
Special tabulations from the decennial Censuses of 1960, 1970, and 1980 which show the commuting flows between counties. Annual estimates of gross commuters' income inflows and outflows for every county and county equivalent in the United States. Used to convert place of work earnings estimates to place of residence earnings estimates. This conversion process is an important part of the local area economic accounts since personal income is a place of residence concept though over 60 percent of the data used to estimate personal income are derived from sources that are reported on a place of work basis.

Gross State Product:
Estimates of Gross State Product.

Projections of Earnings, Employment, and
Population to the year 2040 States:
Data and projections for earnings and employment for 58 industries, total personal income and its components, total population, and population for three age groups. Each record contains historical data for 1973, 1979, 1983, and 1988 and projections for 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2020, and 2040. There are 155 records for each of 60 geographic areas: the States and the District of Columbia, the United States, and eight BEA regional groupings of States.

Projections of Earnings, Employment, and Population
to the year 2040 Metropolitan Statistical Areas:
Data and projections for earnings and employment for 14 industries, total and per capita personal income, and total population. Each record contains historical data for 1973, 1979, 1983, and 1988 and projections for 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2020, and 2040. There are 41 records for each of 337 geographic areas: the 319 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the United States totals, and 17 Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas.


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