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 Subject: Statistics of U.S. Businesses Category: Business and Money Asked by: mdh76-ga List Price: \$25.00 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.```
 ```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: http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/04statab/business.pdf 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, pafalafa-ga 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 citation?``` 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: http://www.census.gov/statab/www/ 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. paf``` 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: http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/04statab/business.pdf 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 million). Again, let me know if there's anything else I can help you with. paf```