Data from greenfield investment monitor fDi Markets shows that there has been an increase in FDI inflows in the US. In April 2013, a total of 151 projects was recorded in the country, the highest figure for a single month since August 2012, when the same number of projects was recorded. Figures from April 2013 show a marked improvement from the same month in 2012, when 111 projects were recorded in the US.

In the first four months of 2013, fDi Markets recorded 387 FDI projects in the US, with April accounting for the highest level of capital expenditure ($4.17bn) and the most jobs created as a result of FDI (10,728). However, compared to 2012, FDI into the US is down. Between January and April 2012, a total of 514 projects were recorded in the US, with total capital expenditure nearly double that in the first four months of 2013, at $24.94bn compared with $13.97bn.

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Moreover, in the first four months of 2012, five US states had attracted more than $1bn in capital expenditure through FDI projects: Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Iowa and South Carolina. In comparison, only four states have attracted more than $1bn in capital expenditure so far in 2013: Texas, Louisiana, California and Georgia. In terms of job creation, the first four months of 2012 saw more than 1000 jobs created through FDI in 14 states. So far in 2013, 11 states have recorded upwards of 1000 jobs.