Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Data
The latest release of BDS data contains data for 1976–2011 and includes tables by establishment characteristics in addition to tables by firm characteristics.
Legacy Data Tables include previous versions of the BDS. Each new release of the BDS (including annual updates) constitute a new version of the BDS. Old versions of the BDS are maintained for reproducibility purposes.
Note that each new version of the BDS can differ from previous versions. There are two reasons for this. With every annual update of the BDS, we may change up to 5 years of prior data since we can link establishments over periods of inactivity (e.g., establishments previously classified as exits can be reclassified as continuers). In addition, changes to the underlying code can lead to changes beyond the previous 5 years.
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 2011 Codebook (36 KB)