Table 6-26
Leading types of employers of high-technology small businesses, by industry: 2004
Industry   Employment
  Share (%)
All industries    5,045    100.0
Services   3,374   66.9
Top six combined   2,844   56.4
All others   530   10.5
Manufacturing   1,553   30.8
Top six combined   801   15.9
All others   752   14.9
Other   118   2.3

NOTES: Small businesses are firms with <500 employees. Firms include those reporting no employees on their payroll. Firm is an entity that is either in a single location with no subsidiaries or branches or is topmost parent of a group of subsidiaries or branches. High-technology industries defined by Bureau of Labor Statistics on basis of employment intensity of technology-oriented occupations. Other consists of agriculture, mining, and utilities.

SOURCES: Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses,; and Hecker DE. 2006. High-technology employment: A NAICS-based update. Monthly Labor Review 128(7):57–72,, accessed 19 September 2007.

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