The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released a new measure of the creative industry in the United States today. The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) tracks the contributions of the creative economy in the country.
Using the most recent available data from 2011, researchers found that 2 million people worked in creative industries throughout the nation. In North Carolina creative industries account for 320,000 jobs, 6% of the state’s workforce.
Creative North Carolina measures are more conservative than the ACPSA model. Nationally, arts and culture is defined to be largely consistent with definitions used by the United Nations and the European Union, to include creative artistic activity, the goods and services produced by it, the goods and services produced in support of it, and, unlike in North Carolina, the construction of buildings in which it is taking place. The national definition of the arts education industry sector includes college art departments in addition to fine art schools.
Read more about North Carolina’s Creative Industry analysis at http://www.ncarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/May13Facts.pdf
Read the summary of the national report at http://arts.gov/news/2013/us-bureau-economic-analysis-and-national-endowment-arts-release-preliminary-report-impact