Establishments with fewer than 50 workers employed 60 percent of construction workers in March 2016

March 03, 2017

In March 2016, 60.4 percent of construction workers worked in business establishments with fewer than 50 employees. In that same industry, 2.3 percent of workers worked in business establishments with 1,000 or more employees. In the leisure and hospitality industry, 58.0 percent of workers worked in business establishments with fewer than 50 employees. An additional 20.4 percent of workers in that industry worked in business establishments with 50 to 99 employees.

Percent distribution of employees by size of business establishment in selected private industries, March 2016
Size of establishment (number of employees) Construction Manufacturing Trade, transportation, and utilities Information Financial activities Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Other services

Total

100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Fewer than 50

60.4 22.8 46.9 30.6 50.4 39.3 34.4 58.0 75.3

50–99

14.0 12.8 14.2 13.3 9.7 12.2 11.4 20.4 9.2

100–249

13.7 21.4 20.2 17.5 11.6 16.8 16.0 10.8 9.6

250–499

6.2 15.2 10.4 11.1 8.0 11.7 8.1 4.0 3.6

500–999

3.4 11.3 3.9 11.3 8.1 9.2 7.1 2.7 1.8

1,000 or more

2.3 16.5 4.4 16.2 12.3 10.8 23.0 4.1 0.5

In March 2016, 23.0 percent of workers in the education and health services industry worked in business establishments with 1,000 or more employees. In that same industry, 34.1 percent of workers worked in business establishments with fewer than 50 employees. In manufacturing, 16.5 percent of workers worked in business establishments with 1,000 or more employees. The majority of workers in this industry worked in business establishments with 249 or less 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.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Establishments with fewer than 50 workers employed 60 percent of construction workers in March 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/establishments-with-fewer-than-50-workers-employed-60-percent-of-construction-workers-in-march-2016.htm (visited September 16, 2019).

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