The U.S. Census Bureau
reports that nationwide businesses with paid employees showed declines in establishments and employees in 2010. These findings are from the 2010 County Business Patterns
released in June. County Business Patterns provide detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and first-quarter and annual payroll on most industries at the national, state, and county levels. The data helps those who study the economic activity of small areas and analyze economic changes over time.
According to the 2010 data, California saw a decline of 7,956 establishments from 2009 to 2010, a loss of 0.9 percent. Statewide, the number of paid employees fell by 297, 307, or 2.3 percent during the same period. In comparison, the nation experienced a 0.5 percent decline in establishments from 2009 to 2010 and a 2.2 percent loss in employees for the same time period.
County Business Patterns also reveal the number of establishments by employment-size class. In California, businesses with one to four employees accounted for the largest number of establishments in 2010 at 480,145. Professional, scientific, and technical services reported the largest number of establishments statewide with 113,033. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction reported the smallest number of establishments, at 817.
The U.S. Census Bureau compiles these data from administrative records and survey-collected data through the Economic Census. You will find additional information at the following website: http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/