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All but two states saw economic growth in the last quarter of 2013


State quarterly real GDP growth. (BEA)

Mississippi and Minnesota were the only states that didn’t see economic growth in the final quarter of 2013.

Half the nation saw steady growth in economic output last year, with real gross domestic product growing at an annual rate in each quarter of last year in 24 states. The prototype statistics, published on Wednesday for review by users, represent the first-ever release of quarterly state GDP data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“The new regional economic statistics BEA released today provide more timely snapshots of each state’s economic health,” Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in a release.

The new data show how 21 industries have contributed to each state’s economic output for each quarter from 2005 through 2013. The manufacture of non-durable goods contributed most to real GDP growth by state in the final quarter of last year, increasing 18.6 percent after moderate third-quarter growth of 2.9 percent. Non-durable goods manufacturing was the top contributor in 31 states and led output each quarter of last year in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. Professional, scientific and technical services was the second-largest contributor in the last two quarters of 2013.

It’s important to note again that the data are prototypes: BEA may change the way it calculates these estimates based on comments from data users. Official statistics are planned for release in 2015.

The following two interactive charts show the prototype data for each state by level and quarterly growth.

Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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