May 19, 2019

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Middle market companies account for more than half of national job growth

Middle market companies are fueling economic growth, according to new research from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet

| 6/2/2016

The latest "Middle Market Power Index" by American Express and Dun & Bradstreet found that while the total number of commercially active firms has declined since 2011, the number of middle market firms — and their revenues and employment — have doubled.

Middle Market Power Index

(Middle market firms are defined as those with between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues.)

Middle market firms now contribute $9.3 trillion to the U.S. economy and account for more than half (53%) of total national job growth. While these firms make up less than 1% of all U.S. businesses (0.96%), they contribute one in four dollars (26%) and employ one in four workers (27%) in the private sector.

Florida ranks 39 out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for growth in number of middle market firms from 2011-2016.

  Number of Firms
Small ‹ $10M Middle Market $10M-$999M Large ($1B+) Total
Florida 1,942,398 9,381 120 1,951,899
Total U.S. 18,910,859 182,578 3.025 19,096,462

  Share of Firms
Small ‹ $10M Middle Market $10M-$999M Large ($1B+)
Florida 99.5% 0.48% .01%
Total U.S. 99.1% 0.96% 0.02%

% Chg in # Middle Market Firms, 2011-2016
Florida 73.7%
Total U.S. 86.8%

"Over the last five years, middle market companies have led the way in economic growth," said Brendan Walsh, Executive Vice President, U.S., American Express Global Commercial Payments. "This report highlights the often overlooked economic might of these companies, which contribute over $9.3 trillion to the U.S. economy and are growing faster than any other sector."

"Middle market firms continue to have an outsized influence on the U.S. economy," said Jeff Stibel, Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet. "These firms have led the charge hiring Americans and now employ nearly 53 million people. The middle market plays a pivotal role in our rapidly changing economy."

» See the full report here.


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