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Business Employment Dynamics

Business Employment Dynamics (BED) highlights the forces behind changes to the national and state labor market.

The BED report covers job gains and losses at private-sector firms, and identifies whether the change is due to businesses opening or closing, or due to increases and decreases in employment at existing firms.

What is the data source for BED reports?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics generates Business Employment Dynamics data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. QCEW data are drawn from reports of employment and wage data for workers covered by unemployment insurance.

How often is the report produced?

We produce the report quarterly. Job gains and losses data are available back to 1992. Contact an economist for historical data.

How can I use this information?

  •   To research trends in job gains and losses.

  •   To compare Washington state with other states.

  •   To view job changes by industry over time.

  •   To view expansions and contractions or openings and closures.

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, expressed or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner. 

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