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Business Employment Dynamics

Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to use the Business Employment Dynamics one-screen query system

Business Employment Dynamics: Business Employment Dynamics provides statistics from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. This quarterly data series consists of job creation and job destruction statistics from 1992 forward. These data provide a picture of the dynamic state of the labor market.

This tool lets users query the BLS databases for specific data series. For each survey and program, make a selection for each characteristic in the order listed. As you make your selection, the remaining characteristics will filter to show only choices where data are available. After choosing the series, click on "Add to selection." If you need more data series, repeat the steps of choosing the data series you need. After you've finished finding the data series you need, click on the "Get Data" button to retrieve the data, and an HTML table with data for the most recent 10 years will display . If you desire a different time period or format, you may modify the options on the data display page, or click on the "More Formatting Options" button for additional options on refining the data retrieval results. Note: Users may not retrieve more than 200 data series in one query.

1. Data class

Select one or more of the following components for data on business establishments that have expanded, contracted, opened or closed. Gross job gains is the sum of expansions and openings, and gross job losses is the sum of contractions and closings. Establishment births are a subset of openings; establishment deaths are a subset of closings.

2. Industry

Select one or more of the following industries. Data are available for 2-digit and 3-digit NAICS sectors. National-level data at the 2-digit NAICS sector are displayed in thousands. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

3. Firm size class search

Type all or part of a search string in the search Firm Size Class text box. The contents of the box will filter to show only those options that contain the search string.

4. Firm size class

Firm size class data are only available for the entire nation at the total private industry level. The size categories are based on the standard set by the OMB. Data by size of change can also be found in this category. All data are displayed in thousands.

5. Data element

Select employment level changes from one of the data classes or the number of business establishments contributing to a particular data class.

6. Area

Data are available at the national level, for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. State-level data may be suppressed for certain industry sectors.

7. Rate/Level

Check one or both boxes to choose the Rate/Level:

  • Level-in thousands
  • Rate

8. Periodicity

Check one or both boxes to choose the periodicity:

  • Annual
  • Quarterly

9. Seasonal

Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that attempts to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns from time series data. Seasonally adjusted data contain this type of adjustment to enable comparisons of data across any point in time. Not seasonally data have no such adjustment.

10. Add to selection

You must make a selection for each of the characteristics in the order listed. Once you have selected all of the characteristics, the "Add To Selection" button becomes active. Click the "Add To Selection" button to list the selected data series in the "Your Selections" box. You can return to the characteristics boxes and make new selections to request additional data series. Click the "Get Data" button to retrieve all the selected data series.

11. Get Data

You must make a selection for each of the characteristics in the order listed. Once you have selected all of the characteristics, the "Get Data" button becomes active. Click to retrieve the data.


Last Modified Date: November 6, 2018