Connecticut in Top 10 States for R&D Spending

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has recently released a report examining R&D spending across the nation. The report, the first of its kind, has shown Connecticut ranks in the top 10 states for R&D spending.

The state spent 2.7% of its GDP on R&D-type activities in 2021 – the year of analysis. For the state, a 2.7% spend represents more than $7.9 billion – an increase of 22% over the previous year and up 44% since 2017. This shows a continuous growth in R&D investments, despite the hard times faced since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Connecticut, businesses accounted for 92% of R&D value added, with universities and colleges contributing 5% and 3% for state and local government.

The state’s manufacturing sector was responsible for $3.67 billion in activity in 2021 (46%), while professional, scientific, and technical services contributed $3.3 billion (42%).

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