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TitleFAQ: U.S. - How do establishments and firms differ?
AuthorKarl Zandi
Question

In business datasets, what is the difference between "establishment" data and "firm" data?

Answer

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines an establishment as an economic unit that produces goods or services, usually at a single physical location, and is engaged in one or predominantly one activity. A firm is a legal business, either corporate or otherwise, which consists of one or more establishments. 

The establishment/firm distinction, and the idea of "establishment size classes," are used in:

  • BLS Business Employment Dynamics (nation)
  • BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) (nation)
  • BOC County Business Patterns (metro area, county, ZIP Code area)
  • BOC Business Dynamics Statistics (state, metro area)
  • SBA Statistics of U.S. Businesses (state, metro area, county)


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