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Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

About the BDS

The Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) annual data series describes establishment–level business dynamics along dimensions absent from similar databases including firm age and firm size. BDS are created from the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), a confidential database available to qualified researchers through secure Census Bureau Research Data Centers. A unique feature of the BDS is its longitudinal source data that permit tracking establishments and firms over time.

BDS data tables show key economic data:

  • Employment – job creation and destruction
  • Job expansions and contractions
  • Number of establishments
  • Establishment openings and closings
  • Number of startups and firm shutdowns   New!

The BDS series provides:

  • Annual statistics for 1976–2011
    • Age and size of firms and establishments
    • State
    • Metro/Non-metro and MSA   New!
    • Standard Industrial Classification sectors
  • Coverage of the entire U.S. economy



 BDS Visualizations  Released

BDS Visualizations Line Chart Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Visualization Tools are now available. Create geographic, cross–sectional, or time series charts. Then print and export selected data and charts.

>> BDS Visualization Tools


 BDS Partners

The Center for Economic Studies development of the BDS was partially funded by:

Kauffman Foundation
Small Business Administration


 What is the SynLBD?

The Synthetic Longitudinal Business Database (SynLBD) is a beta version of a public–use synthetic longitudinal business microdata product that provides researchers a way to explore relationships in the microdata while protecting the confidentiality of establishments' information.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for Economic Studies | (301) 763-6460 | E-mail CES |  Last Revised: November 21, 2013