Relative Growth of Firms Without Employees

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, Alameda County, San Francisco, California, and the United States

Firms Without Employees in 2014
Silicon Valley 202,522
San Francisco 95,601
Alameda County 132,693
California 3,117,591
United States 23,836,937

Data Source:

United States Census Bureau, Nonemployer Statistics

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data for firms without employees are from the U.S. Census Bureau, which uses the term ‘nonemployers’. The Census defines nonemployers as a business that has no paid employees, has annual business receipts of $1,000 or more ($1 or more in the construction industries), and is subject to federal income taxes. Most nonemployers are self-employed individuals operating very small unincorporated businesses, which may or may not be the owner’s principal source of income. Silicon Valley data include Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

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