This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. CBP datasets are downloadable files in comma-separated value (CSV) format. In addition, corresponding record layouts and reference files are available.
Beginning with reference year 2017, a cell is only published if it contains three or more establishments. In all other cases, the cell is not included in the release (i.e., it is dropped from publication). In prior years, payroll values for cells with fewer than three establishments would have been suppressed and an employment size range (EMPFLAG) would have been provided; however, the number of establishments would have been published. This EMPFLAG was also included to denote the employment size range for data withheld to avoid disclosure or withheld because data did not meet publication standards. The use of the EMPFLAG was discontinued beginning in reference year 2018 and a noisy employment cell value is provided.