I saw a long-time friend James Spletzer at an SBA Advocacy conference in downtown Washington DC today. Actually, the event was hosted in the Kennedy room, aka Russell 325, where JFK and later RFK announced their presidential campaigns (Note to self: reserve room for announcement in 2018).
James is a data geek/rock star at the Labor Department (which I say with great data geek pride). Anyway, James complimented me on the research we at Kauffman have been doing on BDS, and humbly shared with me a similar study his team put out in August using BED firm-age data. Here it is: a great, short summary study affirming the vitality of startups in job creation. It also shows recent trends, unlike our reports which time out in 2005, namely that startups fizzled hard in 2009 , dropping 75,000 from the rate in 2008 (627k startups in 2008, 549k in 2009). Jobs at startups fell off by nearly 500,000 jobs in 2009. Read it.
Business Employment Dynamics (BED/BDM are the 3-letter codes they use) is one of the coolest datasets in the world, in my humble opinion. My ambition is to convince somebody powerful inside the beltway to (1) fund the BDM so that it is monthly (if that is possible) and as current as the CES and CPS (if that is possible) and then (2) include it in the monthly Employment Situation report on first fridays. Wouldn't that be the coolest development in the world??
How about that for a presidential campaign theme? "Dynamic Data For Dynamic Americans!"
Uh-oh. I think I can hear my future media adviser muttering: Simmer down, Tim, simmer down ...
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