According to the most recent report from the US Census Bureau, the
number of US self-employed was 18.6 millions in 2003. The news release
below provides you with additional statistics that might be of
interest to you.
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2005
Nation Adds 1 Million Self-Employed Businesses to Reach 18.6 Million,
Census Bureau Reports
The number of businesses with no paid employees grew from 17.6
million in 2002 to more than 18.6 million in 2003, a growth rate of
5.7 percent, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Census
Bureau. This represents the biggest rate of increase in
self-employment since the Census Bureau began releasing such
statistics in 1997; the rate during the 2001 to 2002 period, 3.9
percent, was the previous high.
Nonemployer Statistics summarizes the number of establishments and
sales or receipts of businesses without paid employees that are
subject to federal income tax. Most nonemployers are self-employed
individuals operating very small unincorporated businesses, which may
or may not be the owner?s principal source of income.
Follow these links to definitions, coverage & methodology, and more
information for Nonemployer Statistics.