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Private Covered Employers Size Class by Industry
March 2014
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Rhode Island has an economy represented by a large number of companies employing a small number of workers. In March 2014 there were 32,202 firms employing 389,845 workers. 

The companies with 1-4 employees numbered 15,809 and accounted for 49.1 % of the workforce of Rhode Island.

The largest employers, which are those employing 1000+, number 30 and employ 16.2% of the private sector
workforce.

Smaller companies, those employing less than 20 people, represented 90.2% of all Rhode Island employers and employed 24.7% of the workforce.  

Rhode Island ’s mid-sized companies (20-99 employees) had 27.1% of the private sector employment and accounted for 8.2% of the firms.  

The largest firms in Rhode Island, those employing 100 or more, numbered 565. This is just 1.7% of employers but they employ almost half of the private sector workforce at 48.3%.  

Rhode Island’s largest firms (1,000 or more in employment) are found in Health Care and Social Assistance (9), Private Education (5), Finance and Insurance (5), Retail Trade (4), Management of Companies and Enterprises (2), and those having (1) each are Manufacturing, Transportation and Warehousing, Information, Administrative Services and Waste Management, and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation.

Private Sector Employment
March 2014
Size
Class
Employers Employment
Number Percent Number Percent
Total: 32,202 100.0% 389,845 100.0%
Zero 5,950 18.5% 0 0.0%
1-4 15,809 49.1% 29,453 7.6%
5-9 4,495 14.0% 29,543 7.6%
10-19 2,754 8.6% 37,066 9.5%
20-49 1,961 6.1% 59,308 15.2%
50-99 668 2.1% 46,287 11.9%
100-249 393 1.2% 60,065 15.4%
250-499 100 0.3% 33,888 8.7%
500-999 42 0.1% 31,275 8.0%
1000+ 30 0.1% 62,960 16.2%


It is important to note that changes in size class data are influenced by the switching of employers from one size class to another as well as by new firms coming into the state.

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