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October 16, 2019

The statistics presented in this release are based on administrative data and therefore are not subject to sampling error. However, the statistics may be subject to non-sampling error. Non-sampling error occurs because accurate information cannot always be obtained. There are many potential contributors to non-sampling error such as misreporting, mistakes in recording and coding responses, misinterpretation of questions, and other errors of collection, response, coverage, or processing. Though non-sampling error is not measured directly, the Census Bureau employs quality control procedures throughout the process to minimize this type of error.

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Source: Business Formation Statistics (Definitions)
Business Applications: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Total Applications [Units]
Year 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
2004 NA NA 574,777 583,203
2005 610,664 618,094 630,382 642,871
2006 670,806 669,661 652,251 651,490
2007 650,811 661,710 669,253 678,039
2008 639,539 649,892 636,102 630,516
2009 600,559 596,991 607,473 596,111
2010 608,151 614,928 619,414 621,342
2011 652,784 617,669 631,285 635,376
2012 618,671 643,944 619,285 660,338
2013 639,819 636,583 646,090 660,101
2014 650,733 676,090 669,731 692,632
2015 704,912 687,696 703,158 691,004
2016 726,847 712,970 756,051 750,017
2017 775,431 790,725 790,739 819,236
2018 859,520 874,271 872,926 867,596
2019 858,512 864,140 860,125 NA
Source: Business Formation Statistics (Definitions)
Business Applications: U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Total Applications [Units]
Year 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
2004 NA NA 541,170 528,290
2005 669,705 652,556 593,588 583,289
2006 734,494 706,506 614,831 592,039
2007 711,593 697,542 631,588 616,378
2008 699,690 683,466 601,273 572,447
2009 658,951 626,562 574,040 540,057
2010 670,803 643,733 584,678 560,891
2011 724,446 645,958 594,102 571,129
2012 691,827 671,820 582,018 589,871
2013 720,780 663,126 607,606 584,280
2014 739,297 702,394 632,044 605,370
2015 807,338 713,966 665,636 596,371
2016 838,183 740,160 717,560 640,999
2017 897,411 822,854 750,702 696,562
2018 995,240 913,112 825,685 736,340
2019 993,853 907,254 811,505 NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: December 06, 2019