Majority of U.S. Workers Work for Companies with more than 500 Employees

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
American workers at Motorola plant in Fort Worth, Texas (AP photo)

Big corporations, those with 500 or more workers, employ 51.6% of U.S. workers according to the latest figures (pdf) from the U.S. Census Bureau. That number has gone up since 2004, when 49.1% of Americans worked for large companies.


The numbers for 2012 showed about 60 million Americans work for “large enterprises,” while 20.4 million count on mom-and-pop businesses, or what the Census Bureau calls “very small enterprises,” with 20 or fewer workers. These employees represent 17.6% of the workforce.


“Small enterprises” (20-99 workers) employ 19.4 million people (16.7%) and “medium enterprises” (100-499 workers) employ 16.3 million people (14%).


If you live in Nevada, you’re most likely to work for a big company with 59.2% of Silver State residents doing so. Montana residents are least likely to work for a large corporation; only 32.4% of people there work for a big company.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Statistics of U.S. Businesses Employment and Payroll Summary: 2012 (by Anthony Caruso, U.S. Census Bureau) (pdf)

Richest Corporations Received Millions of Dollars in Small Business Contracts (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


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