The BDS visualization tools allow you to look at the data in different ways to help answer questions of interest to you.
A step-by-step example is provided below, and the Help
page provides additional information on how to use the tools.
Use the navigation
menu on the left to start interacting with the data. Each menu option allows you to look at the same data in different ways.
Want to explore characteristics of your state? Below are the menu options you should use.
Are you researching a particular sector of the economy? Below are the menu options you should use.
Do you want to see how things have changed over time? Below are the menu options you should use.
Decide on your question of interest: Do large firms have a higher net job creation rate than small firms in the retail trade sector?
Determine which type of visualization will help answer your question: Bar Charts: Compare Measure by Sector
Click on Bar Charts: Compare Measure by Sector in the BDS Visualization Tools menu
Click on Bar Charts -> Compare Measure by Sector
Choose "Retail Trade" from the Sector drop-down menu in the selection panel
Make a selection from the Sector drop-down menu
Select the "Average Size" radio button next to "Firm:" in the selection panel
Select the type of firm size measure
Select the year of interest from the year slider (2008 in this example) in the selection panel
Select a year
Review your selections from the selection panel above
Review your selections
Select your measure of interest from the side selection panel ("Net job creation rate" in this example)
Select the measure of interest
De-select the default measure from the side selection panel ("Number of firms" in this example)
De-select the default measure
Congratulations! You have successfully created a bar chart of the net job creation rate in Retail Trade in 2008 by the average size of the firm
using the BDS visualization tools.
You can now interact with your visualization.
For example, you could add more measures to the chart by selecting them in the side selection panel. You could change the sector or year or look at age instead of size.
You can also zoom in
to take a closer look, save your chart as a PNG, or
save the data underlying your chart to a CSV file.
The Center for Economic Studies development of the BDS was partially funded by:
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