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January 3, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Job creation among small and large businesses

Percentage of net employment change and average share of employment, by cumulative firm size and establishment size, U.S. total private sector, September 1992–December 2009
Size of firm or establishment (Number of employees) Firm Establishment
Percentage of net employment change Average employment share Percentage of net employment change Average employment share

1 to 1,000 or more

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

1 to 999

71.3 63.1 89.0 88.7

1 to 499

64.9 56.3 82.6 81.7

1 to 249

56.7 49.1 72.6 72.1

1 to 99

43.6 38.5 56.0 55.6

1 to 49

33.9 30.2 42.7 42.4

1 to 19

21.8 19.1 27.0 25.5

1 to 9

14.3 11.4 17.7 14.5

1 to 4

8.9 5.2 11.4 6.3

These data are featured in the TED article, Job creation among small and large businesses.