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Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Data

2011 Release

The July 2013 release of BDS data contains data for 1976–2011 and includes tables by establishment characteristics in addition to tables by firm characteristics.

  • Firm Characteristics Data Tables
    Describes job flow and entry/exit patterns for establishments in the U.S. classified according to the size and age of the firm with which they are associated.
  • Establishment Characteristics Data Tables
    Describes job flow and entry/exit patterns for establishments in the U.S. classified according to the size and age of the establishments themselves.

Important Note: The BDS uses rich longitudinal information on firms and establishments to generate measures of business dynamics and job flows. Since information from multiple years informs the measurement of a statistic for any given year, having more years surrounding the year in question improves the quantity and quality of information used to generate the statistic. For this reason, less information is available to generate the last year(s) of any given BDS release. Measures of job flows from firm and establishment births are especially sensitive to this source of measurement error and accordingly are more likely to be revised in subsequent releases. The July 2013 release replaces a previous May 2013 release. This new release incorporates methodological improvements that reduce measurement error described above.


Legacy Versions

Legacy data tables for the 2009 and 2010 BDS are available upon request.



 What is the BDS?

The Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) is a public use data set of annual aggregate statistics describing establishment openings and closings, firm startups, job creation and destruction by firm size, age, industrial sector, and state.


 BDS Codebook

BDS 2011 Codebook

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