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Temren Wroge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (December 17, 2020) – The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2017 estimates from its premier blended-data statistical product, the Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics (NES-D). This new product provides the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) with comprehensive data and a clearer picture of the women’s business enterprise landscape including women sole proprietors, partnerships, and S-corporations.

Approximately 90% of women-owned businesses are nonemployer firms. Given the lack of precise data in previous years, NWBC recently entered into an Interagency Agreement with the Census Bureau to fund the development of custom tabulations on women-owned employer and nonemployer firms. These unique products will utilize data from both the Annual Business Survey (ABS), which accounts only for employer firms, and from the NES-D. This is critical. 

We cannot measure what we cannot count.

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Today, NWBC is pleased to share the following highlights on women-owned nonemployer firms:

As of 2017, there are 10.6 million woman-owned nonemployer firms across all sectors in the United States. These firms generate $286.1 billion in revenue.

Revenue Size for Women-Owned Nonemployer Firms

Nearly half of all women-owned nonemployer firms generate less than $10,000 in annual receipts.

Approximately 5,100, or .05%, of all women-owned nonemployer firms generate $1 million or more in revenue.

Top Five Sectors for Women-Owned Nonemployer Firms

 SectorTotal Number of Women-Owned Nonemployer Firms[1]   Total Revenue Generated
 Other Services (except  public administration)   2,049,000  (19.4% of all women-owned nonemployer firms)   $42.4 billion  
 Health Care and Social Assistance   1,449,000 (13.7% of all women-owned nonemployer firms)   $34.9 billion  
 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services   1,428,000  (13.5% of all women-owned   nonemployer firms)   $46.2 billion  
 Retail Trade        1,172,000 (11.1% of all women-owned nonemployer firms)   $27.1 billion  
 Administrative and Support and Waste Management   1,139,000 (10.8% of all women-owned nonemployer firms)   $18.2 billion  

Top Five States for Women-Owned Nonemployer Firms

StateTotal Number of Women-Owned Nonemployer FirmsTotal Revenue Generated
 California   1,392,000 $45,887,822,000
 Texas 992,000 $26,507,028,000
 Florida  935,000 $23,565,745,000
 New York 668,000 $20,602,854,000
 Georgia 416,000 $9,572,384,000

[1] The numbers of nonemployer firms in the following tables have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 following disclosure avoidance rules.

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