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You can explore the Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) data in several different ways using the BDS visualization tools. Choose from a variety of visualizations - maps, bar charts, time series graphs. Zoom in for a closer look. When you are ready to explore new data, choose a new chart type or change your options. When you have results you want to keep, you can print and save your charts and data.

Explore the links below for help with the visualization tools.


What Can I See with the Visualization Tools?

Thematic Map
Allows you to see how a measure differs by state to identify geographic patterns in business dynamics for a single year of data. You can examine specific sizes and ages of firms as well as preview long-term trends for a specific state.

Bar Charts
There are four ways you can examine the Business Dynamics data in the bar chart section. Each page has a combination of two of the following variables: measures, sectors, and states. These charts let you make comparisons based on the age and size of firms for a single year of data.

Time Series
While the first two visualizations presented a single year of data, this section lets you see all years of data at the same time as a time series. You can explore a measure and optionally select a firm size and/or age that interests you. Then interactively turn on and off individual states or sectors of the economy to see how they have changed over time.


Available Measures Look at the Data By ...
Number of firms
Number of establishments
Employment
Establishments born during the last 12 months
Establishment birth rate
Establishments exiting during the last 12 months
Establishment exit rate
Jobs created over the last 12 months
Jobs created by establishment births over the last 12 months
Jobs created by continuing establishments over the last 12 months
Job creation rate from establishment births
Job creation rate
Jobs destroyed within the last 12 months
Jobs destoyed by establishment exit over the last 12 months
Jobs destroyed at continuing establishments over the last 12 months
Job destruction rate from establishment exit
Job destruction rate
Net job creation
Net job creation rate
Reallocation rate
Sector
State
Firm Size
Firm Age
Year


Site Navigation

Use the menu at the top left to navigate between sections of the tool. There are several sections of this website that allow you to interact with, analyze, and download the Business Dynamics Statistics: Thematic Map, Bar Charts, Time Series.

[Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools menu]

BDS Visualization Tools Menu



Creating Charts, Graphs, and Maps

You can create a bar chart, time series graph, or map by making a few point and click selections.

  1. Choose the type of visualization you are interested in from the menu:
    • Bar Charts (compare sectors by measure, states by measure, measure by sector, or measure by state)
    • Time Series (compare sectors or states)
    • Thematic Map
  2. Choose the measure, year, and firm characteristics you want to visualize in the selection panel - available options differ with each visualization tool (examples shown below)

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Selection Panel Bar Chart Compare Measure by State]
    Bar Charts: Compare Measure by State selection panel

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Selection Panel Time Series]
    Time Series: Compare States selection panel

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Selection Panel Map]
    Thematic Map selection panel

  3. In some tools, you can also select measures or firm characteristics in a side panel

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Example Selection Panels]
    Examples of side selection panels that appear on different visualization tools


Interacting with the Visualizations

Zooming In: Charts and Graphs

You can zoom in on selected areas of your chart or graph.

  1. Create a chart or graph
  2. Drag a box around the area of the bar charts or line graphs you want to zoom in on

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Zooming In by Dragging a Box]
    Drag a box around the area you want to zoom in on

  3. Click the "Reset Zoom" button to see the full chart or graph again

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Clicking the Reset Zoom button]
    Click the "Reset Zoom" button to see the full chart or graph again

Zooming In: Maps

You can zoom in on selected areas of your map.

  1. Create a map
  2. Use the + and - signs on the zoom tool, the mouse-wheel, or double-click to zoom

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Zooming In on a map using plus-minus]
    Use the + and - signs on the zoom tool

Bookmarking Your Visualizations

Selections are recorded in the URL so you can bookmark your visualizations and return to them later.

Note: You can make additional selections in side selection panels on some visualization tools that allow you to add/remove categories (for example, sectors). These selections will not be saved with your bookmark unless you change something in the selection panel at the top.


Saving Visualizations

You can save your visualization chart or graph as a portable network graphics (PNG) image.

Note: You cannot currently save maps as an image. This feature is under development.

  1. Create the desired chart or graph
  2. Click the "Save as Image" button

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Clicking the Save as Image button]
    Click the "Save as Image" button in Bar Charts or Time Series

  3. Click "Save" in the Save Preview box

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Clicking the Save Chart as Image button]
    Click "Save"

  4. Choose the location where you want to save the file and type in a descriptive filename

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Entering Data to Save File]
    Choose the location where you want to save the file and type in a descriptive filename

  5. Click the "Save" button

Downloading and Saving Data

You can download and save the data underlying your visualization in a comma-delimited (CSV) file.

  1. Create the desired chart, graph, or map
  2. Select the View Underlying Data tab
    You can select the View Underlying Data tab directly in Bar Charts and Time Series. In the Thematic Map, click the embedded time series chart and then select the View Underlying Data tab on the resulting pop-up window.

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Selecting the Data Tab]
    Select the View Underlying Data tab directly in Bar Charts or Time Series

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Selecting the time series graph from the thematic map page]
    Click the embedded time series chart in the Thematic Map

  3. Click the "Save Data" button
  4. Choose the location where you want to save the file and type in a descriptive filename

    [Graphic, BDS Visualization Tools Entering Data to Save File]
    Choose the location where you want to save the file and type in a descriptive filename

  5. Click the "Save" button


 BDS Partners

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

Kauffman Foundation
Small Business Administration


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for Economic Studies | (301) 763-6460 | E-mail CES |  Last Revised: September 25, 2014