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CES conducts research in economics and other social sciences, and creates new public-use data from existing data.

CES creates innovative public–use data products from existing census, survey, and administrative data.


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

Business Formation Statistics (BFS): New public-use data on business applications and formations in the U.S. at quarterly frequency. Includes projections for business formations in 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 Image OnTheMap 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.

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J2J 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

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PSEO 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 interactive mapping tool.

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs) are partnerships between federal statistical agencies and leading research institutions. They are secure facilities managed by the Census Bureau to provide secure access to a range of restricted-use microdata for statistical purposes only.

Learn about opportunities for qualified researchers to use Census Bureau restricted-use microdata in secure RDCs.

There are currently 29 open RDC locations (blue dots) with 2 new locations coming soon (red dots).

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for Economic Studies | (301) 763-6460 | E-mail CES |  Last Revised: May 29, 2019