ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent $134.07 billion on employee learning and development in 2008. This amount reflects direct learning expenditures such as the learning function’s staff salaries, administrative learning costs, and non-salary delivery costs (including outsourced activities). Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. total ($88.59 billion) was spent on the internal learning function, such as staff salaries and internal development costs. The remainder ($45.48 billion) was allocated to external services such as workshops, vendors and external events. These types of informative statistics appear in ASTD's annual State of the Industry report.
The State of the Industry report is ASTD's annual review of trends in workplace learning and performance. The report includes data from ASTD BEST Awards Winners, ASTD Benchmarking Forum Members and other organizations from 2001 to date.