Census Bureau

Nonemployer Statistics

Nonemployer Statistics summarizes the number of establishments and sales or receipts of companies with no paid employees. These nonemployers are typically self-employed individuals or partnerships operating businesses that they have not chosen to incorporate. (Self-employed owners of incorporated businesses typically pay themselves wages or salary, so that the business is an employer.)

Because payroll tax records are at the heart of the Census Bureau's system for keeping track of businesses between censuses, nonemployers do not get census questionnaires and are not reflected in any of the other Core Business Statistics reports or detailed sector-specific reports. (Nonemployers are, however, included in "all firms" totals in reports on minority- and women-owned business.)

In terms of sales or receipts, nonemployers account for roughly 3% of business activity.

At the same time nonemployers account for nearly 3/4 of all businesses. Most nonemployer businesses are very small, and many are not the primary source of income for their owners.


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Nonemployer Statistics: 2004
Nonemployer Statistics: 2003
Nonemployer Statistics: 2002
Nonemployer Statistics: 2001
Nonemployer Statistics: 2000
Nonemployer Statistics: 1999
Nonemployer Statistics: 1998
Nonemployer Statistics: 1997


Additional Information on Business Reports

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Last Revised: Wednesday, 13-Jul-2011 19:37:31 EDT