The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today that real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the advance estimate.
"Today's advance estimate of real GDP shows that our economy continues to recover from the Great Recession," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "While a lot of work remains to help American businesses grow, create jobs and increase wages for our workers, we have also made progress. Thanks to the resilience, grit and hard work of the American people and our businesses, more than two million jobs were created last year. Through our "Open for Business Agenda,' the Department of Commerce will keep up efforts to drive advanced manufacturing, support innovation, increase trade and investment, and help our workers with the skills and training needed to succeed in a competitive global economy. We are working every day at the Commerce Department to create growth and build real and lasting economic security for all Americans."