43.5 percent of manufacturing workers in establishments with 250 or more workers in March 2018

June 06, 2019

In March 2018, 43.5 percent of manufacturing employees worked in business establishments with 250 or more employees. In that same industry, 22.5 percent of employees worked in business establishments with fewer than 50 employees. In construction, 58.9 percent of employees worked in establishments with fewer than 50 workers, while 12.7 percent worked in establishments with 250 or more workers.

Percent distribution of employees by size of business establishment in selected private industries, March 2018
Industry Number of workers
Fewer than 50 50–99 100–249 250–499 500–999 1,000 or more

Natural resources and mining

45.6% 12.9% 16.6% 10.8% 7.4% 6.6%

Construction

58.9 14.1 14.3 6.6 3.6 2.5

Manufacturing

22.5 12.8 21.3 15.4 11.4 16.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

46.3 14.1 20.2 10.4 3.8 5.1

Information

30.8 13.2 17.0 11.1 10.5 17.5

Financial activities

49.8 9.5 11.6 8.1 8.0 13.1

Professional and business services

38.9 12.0 17.0 11.5 9.4 11.2

Education and health services

34.4 11.5 15.7 8.2 7.0 23.2

Leisure and hospitality

58.4 19.7 10.9 4.1 2.9 4.0

Other services

75.3 9.1 9.5 3.6 1.8 0.7

In the education and health services industry, 23.2 percent of employees worked in business establishments with 1,000 or more employees in March 2018. In that same industry, 34.4 percent of employees worked in business establishments with fewer than 50 employees. In leisure and hospitality, 4.0 percent of employees worked in business establishments with 1,000 or more employees. The majority of employees in this industry, 89 percent, worked in business establishments with 249 or fewer employees.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and are not seasonally adjusted. For industry employment at the national, state, county, and metropolitan area levels, see the data viewer tool or the QCEW Open Data Access.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 43.5 percent of manufacturing workers in establishments with 250 or more workers in March 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/43-point-5-percent-of-manufacturing-workers-in-establishments-with-250-or-more-workers-in-march-2018.htm (visited June 17, 2019).

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