Dec. 16, 2021 — The U.S. Census Bureau today released new estimates on the characteristics of nonemployer businesses. According to the 2018 Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics (NES-D), approximately 41.0% (10.9 million) of businesses without paid employees were owned by women, with $300 billion in receipts and 32.7% (8.7 million) of businesses owned by minorities, with $306.1 billion in receipts.
Additional statistics for nonemployer businesses by demographics include:
This release also includes demographic statistics of all businesses by combining data on employer businesses (with paid employees) from the Annual Business Survey (ABS) with data on nonemployer businesses (without paid employees) from NES-D. Combined statistics for employer and nonemployer businesses by demographics include:
The NES-D is an annual statistical series that uses existing administrative records (AR) and census data to link demographic characteristics to the universe of nonemployer businesses. NES-D provides economic information by owner demographics such as sex, race, ethnicity and veteran status. The Census Bureau provides annual business owner demographics for all businesses through a blended-data approach that combines AR-derived estimates for nonemployer businesses from NES-D and survey-derived estimates for employer businesses from the ABS.
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