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U.S. businesses with paid employees lost almost 104,000 establishments in 2008, bringing the total number to 7.6 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the total number of people they employed rose to 121 million, with businesses adding approximately 300,000 employees to their payrolls.
These findings come from County Business Patterns: 2008, which provides the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for most of the 1,100 industries covered at the national, state and county levels.
Among states and the District of Columbia, Florida saw the largest percentage decrease in business locations, a 3.1 percent decline from 2007, representing more than 16,000 establishments. (See Table 1 Excel | PDF) Among Florida's largest counties, Broward accounted for nearly 2,000 losses, followed by Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, which lost 1,900 and 1,300 businesses, respectively. (See Table 2 Excel | PDF).
“These statistics allow users to track annual trends in employer businesses down to the local level,” said William G. Bostic Jr., assistant director for Economic Programs at the U.S. Census Bureau. “Businesses can use this information to help analyze market potential and to develop their budgets. State and local governments may use the data for administration and planning.”
Besides Florida, the states with the largest percentage decreases in establishments were Michigan (2.6 percent), Idaho (2.5 percent) and Ohio (2.4 percent). Only four states and the District of Columbia saw increases in establishments in 2008: Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Leading states and the District of Columbia with the highest percentage increases in employment from 2007 to 2008 were North Dakota (4.1 percent, adding 12,000 employees) and New Hampshire, (3.9 percent, adding 22,000 employees).
Among the 50 largest counties, only nine saw increases in the number of establishments in 2008. Ten counties had declines of more than 1,000 establishments.
Counties with the highest increases in payroll included Philadelphia, Pa., which rose 6.2 percent to an average of $48,993, and Multnomah, Ore., which rose 3.6 percent to an average of $43,952.
The real estate and leasing sector lost nearly 14,500 establishments, a 3.8 percent decline from the previous year.
County Business Patterns excludes those who were self-employed, employees of private households, railroad employees, agriculture production workers and most government employees. Information on businesses without paid employees was released earlier this year as part of the Nonemployer Statistics report. Data for metropolitan statistical areas and five-digit ZIP codes also will be released this year.