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Private Covered Employers Size Class by Industry
March 2015
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Rhode Island has an economy represented by a large number of companies employing a small number of workers. In March 2015 there were 32,780 firms employing 396,482 workers.

The companies with 1-4 employees numbered 16,015 and accounted for 48.9% of RI companies and 7.5% of the workforce.  

The largest employers, which are those employing 1000+, number 30 and employ 16.2% of the private sector workforce holding steady at the same counts as 2014.
 

Smaller companies, those employing less than 20 people, represented 90.1 % of all Rhode Island employers and employed 24.3% 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 also remaining unchanged from 2014. 

The larger firms in Rhode Island, those employing 100 or more, numbered 578. This is just 1.7% of employers but they employ almost half of the private sector workforce at 48.6 %. 

Rhode Island’s largest firms (1,000 or more in employment) are found in Health Care and

Social Assistance (8), Private Education (5), Finance and Insurance (6), Retail Trade (5), Management of Companies and Enterprises (2), and those having (1) each are Manufacturing , Transportation and Warehousing, Administrative Services and Waste Management, and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation.

Private Sector Employment
March 2015
Size
Class
Employers Employment
Number Percent Number Percent
Total: 32,780 100.0% 396,482 100.0%
Zero 6,189 18.9% 0 0.0%
1-4 16,015 48.9% 29,755 7.5%
5-9 4,544 13.9% 29,712 7.5%
10-19 2,763 8.4% 36,878 9.3%
20-49 2,014 6.1% 60,781 15.3%
50-99 677 2.1% 46,689 11.8%
100-249 399 1.2% 60,703 15.3%
250-499 103 0.3% 34,831 8.8%
500-999 46 0.1% 32,990 8.3%
1000+ 30 0.1% 64,143 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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