In July 2019, the Census Bureau released the Business Formation Statistics (BFS), a new data product that tracks trends in business applications and formations at the state, regional and national levels.
The BFS consists of four business application series and eight business formation series. It’s unique because it relies on administrative data from the IRS, specifically the data on applications for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) via IRS Form SS-4, to determine the number of business applications submitted in a quarter, and how many result in businesses with employees.
The BFS also includes projections for business formations in the near future. The BFS began in 2012 as a research project in the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies and was first released in beta form in February 2018. It’s the culmination of research efforts by the Census Bureau, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, University of Maryland and the University of Notre Dame. This webinar will provide an overview of BFS and demonstrate how to access BFS data available on the Census website.
Jason Jindrich, Survey Statistician, US Census Bureau
Jeff McHugh, Chief, New and Emerging Indicators Programs, US Census Bureau
Rebecca Hutchinson, Big Data Lead, Economic Indicators Division, US Census Bureau
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