U.S. Business Employers Add 100,000 Establishments in 2007, Census Bureau Reports 

by Martin Barillas Thursday, July 30, 2009

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U.S. Business Employers Add 100,000 Establishments in 2007,
Census Bureau Reports

United States businesses with employees added more than 100,000
establishments in 2007, bringing the total number to 7.7 million and adding
more than 650,000 employees to their payrolls. Overall, employees of
businesses in the United States earned more than $5 trillion in annual
payroll in 2007, up from $4.8 trillion in 2006.

These economic numbers come from County Business Patterns: 2007, an
annual report that contains data covering establishments with paid
employees at the national and state levels, and in more than 3,100
counties. An establishment is a single physical location at which business
is conducted or services or industrial operations are performed. The report
provides data on the number of establishments, employees, and quarterly and
annual payroll for most of the 1,100 industries identified by the North
American Industry Classification System.

Among the counties with the most establishments, Maricopa, Ariz., added
3,058 establishments; Los Angeles, Calif., added
3,027 establishments; and Orange, Calif., added 1,363 establishments.

A sampling of the 50 counties with the most employees showed average
annual per-employee payrolls of $79,848 in Santa Clara, Calif.;
$55,477 in Fulton, Ga.; and $53,134 in Hennepin, Minn.

Industry findings:

The number of law offices increased by more than 850 between 2006 and
2007, bringing the national total to 176,009. California had the most law
offices with 21,417, followed by Florida with 15,612 and New York with
13,460. A sampling of counties across the United States showed King, Wash.,
with 1,637 law offices; Clark, Nev., with 1,039; and Wayne, Mich., with

The landscaping services industry added 2,713 locations between 2006 and
2007, bringing the U.S. total to 93,121. The state with the highest average
payroll per employee in this industry was Rhode Island ($55,595), followed
by Massachusetts ($54,866) and Connecticut ($48,776).

Among counties with the most landscaping establishments, the average
annual payroll per employee in Cook, Ill., was $50,517, while Montgomery,
Pa., had an average annual payroll of $41,584, and St. Louis, Mo., had an
average of $32,360 in 2007.

County Business Patterns excludes self-employed people, employees of
private households, railroad employees, agriculture production workers and
most government employees. Information on businesses without paid employees
will be released 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.


County Business Patterns defines employment as all full- and part-time
employees who were on the payroll during the pay period that includes March
12. Data are obtained from Census Bureau reports and administrative records
from other federal agencies. Quality assurance procedures are applied to
all phases of collection, processing and tabulation to minimize errors. The
data are subject to error from miscoding and estimation for missing or
misreported data. Values associated with each establishment are slightly
modified to protect the confidentiality of the location. Further
information about methodology and data limitations is available at


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