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Public-Use Data Products and Tools

The CES research program develops public-use data products by combining and enhancing existing data.


Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS): Tabulations on establishments, firms, and employment with unique information on firm age and firm size. 2016 Update!

Business Formation Statistics (BFS): New public-use data on business applications and formations in the U.S. at quarterly frequency. Includes projections for recent and future quarters. Released in beta form on February 14, 2018.

Synthetic Longitudinal Business Database (SynLBD): Beta version of synthetic microdata on all U.S. establishments


LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES): Annual employment statistics linking home and work locations at the Census block-level

OnTheMap ImageOnTheMap: Create maps and reports showing where the U.S. population and workforce live and work

OnTheMap for Emergency Management ImageOnTheMap for Emergency Management: Access U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters

Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI): Workforce statistics by demography, geography, and industry for each state

LED Extraction Tool ImageLED Data Extraction Tool: Access the raw data products produced through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership

QWI Explorer ImageQWI Explorer: Compare, rank, and aggregate Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) through interactive charts, maps, and tables

Job-to-Job Flows (J2J): Beta version of statistics on worker reallocation, distinguishing hires and separations associated with job change from hires and separations from and to nonemployment.

J2J Explorer ImageJ2J Explorer: Analyze the Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) data through interactive charts, maps, and tables.

Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO): A new set of experimental statistics on the earnings and employment outcomes of participating post-secondary institutions in the United States

PSEO Viz ImagePSEO Visualization Tool: Interactive tool allows for comparisons of employment outcomes through dynamic grouped bar charts.


Opportunity AtlasOpportunity Atlas: Explore social mobility data for every Census tract in America with this data visualization tool.

 What are Federal
 Statistical Research
 Data Centers?

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs) are U.S. Census Bureau facilities, staffed by a Census Bureau employee, which meet all physical and computer security requirements for access to restricted–use data. At RDCs, qualified researchers with approved projects receive restricted access to select non–public statistical system data.

 What are Microdata?

Microdata are data at the level of the establishment, firm, individual, or household that are collected through census and survey programs.

 What is the

The Virtual RDC provides access to public use data products and a computing environment that mirrors the Census Bureau RDCs.

 Annual Research  Report

Annual Report 2017

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