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December 2011, Vol. 134, No. 12
Employment growth by size class: firm and establishment data
Sherry Dalton, Erik Friesenhahn, James Spletzer, and David Talan
Sherry Dalton and Erik Friesenhahn are economists in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics. James Spletzer is a senior research economist, and David Talan is a supervisory economist and Chief of the State Operations and Frame Research, in the same office. Email: email@example.com.
The first-time application of the BLS Business Employment Dynamics program firm size class methodology to establishmentlevel data reveals that some of the net job creation attributed to large firms comes from small and medium-sized establishments; also, the two time series are highly correlated and possess similar cyclical movements.
Size class statistics are one of the most requested products from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, the Bureau) Business Employment Dynamics (BED) program. Currently published BED size class tabulations are produced with firm-level data, because this methodology is consistent with the role of corporations as the economic decisionmakers. However, employment changes at individual establishments are affected by both corporate decisions and local supply and demand factors. In addition, users of establishment-based surveys may be interested in how firm and establishment size class statistics compare.
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