Media and Communications 5th largest sector of US economy


Author: Georg Szalai

Over the past 35 years, U.S. media and communications spending rose at a compound annual growth rate of 8.1%, second only to the services sector, according to private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. It also outpaced the 6.5% gain for nominal GDP. The expansion means that the business grew from the tenth largest economic sector worth $63.1 billion, accounting for 3.9% of U.S. gross domestic product, in 1975 to the fifth largest in 2009 with $877.9 billion, or 6.3% of GDP. The datapoints are part of a review that Veronis is releasing Tuesday as part of its unveiling of a database of historical industry figures since 1975.

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