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2009 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns 1999-2007

Component ID: #ti1675704150

Sector-level Highlights

Mining

Investment spending by employer firms in the mining sector ranged from $42.5 billion to $51.3 billion during 2000-2004, and increased to $66.7 billion in 2005, $99.3 billion in 2006, and $121.7 billion in 2007. From 2006 to 2007, spending growth in mining in absolute terms ($22.4 billion) exceeded spending growth in all other sectors. Mining share of total investment reached a high of 9.5 percent in 2007. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

Manufacturing

From 2006 to 2007, investment spending in the manufacturing sector increased by $4.6 billion, reaching its highest level ($197.0 billion) since 2000. However, the sector’s share of total spending (15.4 percent) declined slightly compared with the previous-year level. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

Finance and Insurance

From 2006 to 2007, investment spending in the finance and insurance sector increased to $172.5 billion, the highest level in the 1999-2007 period. However, the sector’s share of total investment spending (13.5 percent) was not statistically different from 2006. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

Information

In 2007, investment spending in the information sector was $105.3 billion, not statistically different from 2006. However, the sector’s share of total spending (8.2 percent) declined from the 2005 and 2006 levels of 8.6 percent. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

Health Care and Social Assistance

Investment spending in the health care and social assistance sector increased from $75.3 billion in 2006 to $83.8 billion in 2007. The sector’s share of total spending increased to 6.6 percent in 2007, up from 6.2 percent in 2006. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

Utilities

In 2007, investment spending in utilities increased to $83.6 billion, up $13.8 billion from 2006. The sector’s share of total spending also increased to 6.5 percent in 2007, up from 5.7 percent in 2006. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In 2007, investment spending in the real estate and rental and leasing sector, at $123.0 billion, was not statistically different from the peak level of $132.1 billion registered in 2006. However, the sector’s share of total spending declined to 9.6 percent, compared with 10.9 percent in 2006. (Table 2a, Table 3a, in report)

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