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Business Formation Statistics

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The Business Formation Statistics (BFS) are a product of the U.S. Census Bureau developed in research collaboration with economists affiliated with Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, University of Maryland, and University of Notre Dame. The BFS provide timely and high frequency information on new business applications and formations in the United States.

Latest Report

The Second Quarter 2019 Business Formation Statistics Report was released on July 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., and available as:

  • Latest Report:   PDF [287KB]  

Business Application Time Series:

  • 2004Q3 - present (Adjusted and Not Adjusted)    Excel [54kb]

Time Series/Trend Charts logo Time Series/Trend Charts: Use this link to access all Business Application series and Business Formation Series at both U.S. and State levels to create customizable time series. For detailed instructions on using this Time Series/Trend Charts application, please visit the Technical Documentation.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business Formation Statistics | 301-763-2000 |   Last Revised: August 29, 2019