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TitleUnderstanding Data: U.S. - Distinction between establishments and firms
AuthorKarl Zandi
Question

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

Answer

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 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.

Both establishments and firms can be grouped into size classes by the number of employees; for example, 1 to 49, 50 to 499, 500 or more.

Statistical releases

  • 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)
References


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