There are two factors in this dimension, for Establishments, Employees and Payroll Shares, and for Support of the Arts. Together, they show some the arts’ share of activity in their communities. These indicators use data available for many counties with a substantial share of the U.S. population.
Fast Facts from the Arts IndexU.S. Share of World Creative Goods Trade is Rebounding! Overall, America’s role in global cultural trade declined steadily from 2002 through 2009, but we have seen a rebound in 2010 and 2011. Almost all of this is due to exports, which change more—both up and down—than imports in the U.S. Trade surpluses are good news for the U.S. economy!