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Q: Statistics of U.S. Businesses ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Statistics of U.S. Businesses
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: mdh76-ga
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Posted: 08 Oct 2005 16:45 PDT
Expires: 07 Nov 2005 15:45 PST
Question ID: 578020
How many companies in the U.S. employ between 100 and 499 employees? 
How many employees are employed by companies with between 100 and 499
employees in the U.S.? How many companies in the U.S. employ 500 or
more employees?  How many employees are employed by companies with 500
or more employees in the U.S.? I have found the U.S. census statistics
on their website but am having trouble interpreting them.  Their
totals don't seem right and I want to make sure that I have accurate
information.  Thank you!

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 08 Oct 2005 17:15 PDT
Please post the census link that you're having trouble with. We could
help you interpret (and confirm or refute) what you've found. Thanks.
Subject: Re: Statistics of U.S. Businesses
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 08 Oct 2005 17:43 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again, mdh76-ga,

As with the other question of yours that I answered, I turned to the
Statistical Abstracts as a very handy source of information:

Section 15
Business Enterprise

In particular, this table breaks out employment statistics by the size of the firm:

No. 730. Establishments, Employees, and Payroll by Employment-Size Class:
1990 to 2001

and shows us the following fo the most recent year, 2001:

100-499 employees:

157,000 establishments

29,692,000 employees

(NOTE:  average of 189 employees per company)

500 or more employees:

19,000 establishments 

24,133,000  employees

(average of 1,270 employees per company).  

NOTE -- figures are the sum of the 500-999 category, and the 1,000
employees and above category)

Once again, I trust this information fully answers your question.  

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If you would like any additional information, just post a
Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further,
and I'm at your service.

All the best,


search strategy -- Used bookmarked site for the Statistical Abstracts

Request for Answer Clarification by mdh76-ga on 09 Oct 2005 16:00 PDT
Thank you for the answer.  I need to cite this information.  What is
the greater doc that this section came from so that I can create a

Request for Answer Clarification by mdh76-ga on 09 Oct 2005 16:23 PDT
One other question - does an establishment mean a company?  Or could
one company have multiple establishments?  Thanks!

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 09 Oct 2005 20:44 PDT
Here is the main page for the Statistical Abstracts:

which is listed more formally, as:

U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005

As for establishments, your question hits the nail on the head.  An
establishment is esentially a business location, and a single company
can easily have many establishments.

For instance, a single chain restaurant company would be operating
many establishments around the US, and the employee counts would be
made with reference to each individual restaurant, rather than for the
company as a whole.

Let me know if there's anything else you need on this.


Request for Answer Clarification by mdh76-ga on 11 Oct 2005 20:11 PDT
Are there any similar statistics that use the definition of company
rather than establishment?

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 11 Oct 2005 20:29 PDT
Yes indeed...Here you go:
No. 732. Employer Firms, Employment, and Annual Payroll by Enterprise Size
and Industry: 2001

[...A firm is an aggregation of all establishments owned by a parent
company (within a geographic location and/or industry) with some
annual payroll. A firm may be a single location or it can include
multiple locations...]

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Number of Employees
- - - - - - - - - - -- - 100-499.............Over 500

Firms .................. 85,000...............17,000

Employment.............. 16,410,000..........57,678,000

I can't help pointing out that the number of employees in firms of 500
or more employees is almost exactly equal to the total number of
employees in firms of 499 or fewer employees (57.7 million vs 57.4

Again, let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.

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