Business Employment Dynamics is a set of statistics generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, or ES-202, program. These quarterly data series consist of gross job gains and gross job losses statistics from 1992 forward. These data help to provide a picture of the dynamic state of the labor market.

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Business Employment Dynamics: Fourth Quarter 2007

August 12, 2008

From September to December 2007, the number of job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments was 7.7 million, and the number of job losses from closing and contracting establishments was 7.3 million. More...


  • Quarterly Data on Business Employment Dynamics (HTML) (PDF) — this release includes updates for the private sector as a whole and for firm size classes.
  • Quarterly Data From BLS on Business Employment Dynamics by State (TXT) (PDF) — State-level Business Employment Dynamics.
  • Firm Size Class Quarterly Data (HTML) (PDF) — this initial release of firm size class data includes analysis of data series that begin in 1992.
  • County Employment and Wages (HTML) (PDF)
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  • NOTE: With the release of first quarter 2007 data, all historical Business Employment Dynamics series back to third quarter 1992 have been revised, for both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted series to incorporate updated and improved input data. The differences between the revised and previously published Business Employment Dynamics data series are available for national data. (See Revisions to Historical Business Employment Dynamics Data) The differences for industry and size class data series may be obtained upon request by email.
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