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Business Employment Dynamics is a set of statistics generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 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.

Data in the next release, published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, will incorporate annual revisions to the BED series. Annual revisions are published each year with the release of first quarter data. These revisions will cover the last four quarters of not seasonally adjusted data and five years of seasonally adjusted data.

2017 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) research data on employment, wages and establishment figures for nonprofit institutions are now available. These figures provide an insight into this important segment of the U.S. economy for 2017. Updated data are posted on our nonprofit research data page.

Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data for all four quarters of 2018 for South Carolina show unusual movements, which may be a result of a change in reporting. These unusual movements coincide with a modernization of the South Carolina unemployment insurance system. For more information, please visit: www.bls.gov/cew/2018-notice-regarding-south-carolina-employment-and-wages-data.htm.

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Gross job gains 7.7 million and gross job losses 6.9 million in the 4th quarter of 2018

07/24/2019

In the fourth quarter of 2018, gross job gains from opening and expanding private-sector establishments were 7.7 million. Gross job losses from closing and contracting private-sector establishments were 6.9 million.
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  • 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.
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With the processing of fourth quarter 2014 BED data, BLS implemented a new statistical matching process used in the longitudinal linking of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data. Tabulations from this quarter forward will reflect this new methodology. For additional details on this new methodology, please see the article "A Simplified Approach to Administrative Record Linkage in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages" available at: http://www.bls.gov/osmr/research-papers/2014/pdf/st140020.pdf.

Additionally, all historical BED series back to third quarter 1992 have been revised with the release of first quarter 2015 data, for both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted series, to incorporate an administrative change in scope. These revisions are primarily due to the reclassification of a number of establishments from private households (NAICS 814110) to services for the elderly and persons with disabilities (NAICS 624120). Private households are not within the scope of BED and, as a result, those establishments impacted by this industry reclassification are now within scope.

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Gross Job Gains:

Total Private
7,729,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Goods-Producing
1,393,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Service-providing
6,336,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Gross Job Losses:

Total Private
6,915,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Goods-Producing
1,248,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Service-Providing
5,667,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Number of establishments gaining jobs:

Total Private
2,121,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Goods-Producing
338,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Service-Providing
1,783,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Total Private
1,994,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Goods-Producing
311,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

Service-Providing
1,683,000 in 4th Qtr of 2018 Historical Data

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