Why Americans Are More Likely to Work for a Large Employer, in 20 Charts – By Theo Francis WSJ Published April 6, 2017 


Americans, in a generational reversal, are now more likely to work for a large employer than a small one, a shift that’s rippling through the economy.

The United States has long held itself out as a nation driven by entrepreneurs and small businesses. Presidents and politicians still invoke that image, and for generations, it was largely accurate.

Today, the U.S. has become something different: a nation of employees working for large companies, often very large ones.

In the late 1970s, an American employee was more likely to work at a company with fewer than a hundred workers than one that employed 2,500 or more. Today, Americans are more likely to work for the larger firms.

More than a quarter of all U.S. employees worked at firms employing at least 10,000 people in 2014, the most recent year for which the Census Bureau has released comprehensive data.

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