New Foreign Direct Investment in the US: 2017

- Jul/2018

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand US businesses totaled $259.6 billion in 2017. Expenditures were down 32 percent from $379.7 billion in 2016.

Expenditures for new direct investments in manufacturing, at $103.7 billion, accounted for 40 percent of total expenditures, the largest share among major industries. There were also large expenditures in information businesses ($25.7 billion) and in real estate, rental, and leasing ($17.0 billion). Expenditures to establish new US businesses, and to expand existing foreign-owned US businesses, were $6.4 billion in 2017.

The largest investing country was Canada, with expenditures of $66.2 billion, followed by the United Kingdom ($40.9 billion), Japan ($34.0 billion), and France ($23.1 billion). By US state, the largest expenditures were in California ($41.6 billion), Texas ($39.7 billion), and Illinois ($26.0 billion).

In 2017, employment at foreign-owned companies in the United States was 554,300 employees. By industry, accommodation and food services accounted for the largest number of employees (255,100), followed by manufacturing (109,000) and administration services (55,500). France accounted for the largest number of employees (47,700), followed by the United Kingdom (42,100) and Canada (39,400).

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