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New Report Analyzes Florida’s Small Businesses

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Release Number: 
13-03 ADV
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Advisory Number: 
Brad Howard (202) 205-6941


Small Businesses Employ 42.9 Percent of Private-Sector Workers, Key to Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON – Small businesses significantly impact Florida’s economy, employing 2.8 million workers in 2010 with most of the employment coming from firms with 20 – 499 employees, according to a new state-by-state report released today by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy.

The Small Business Profile for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businesses, also finds that self-employment in Florida improved over the last decade, while minority self-employment saw the largest growth. All in all, Florida’s 2.1 million small businesses represent 98.9 percent of all employers, and they employ 42.9 percent of the private-sector labor force. Nationwide, there are 27.8 million small businesses representing 99.7 percent of all employers and employing nearly half – 49.1 percent – of the private-sector labor force.

"Like many states across the nation, small businesses are helping to strengthen the economy in Florida," said Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy. "Most of the country’s small businesses continue to be very small, having fewer than 20 employees, but they paint a big picture of a recovering America. Advocacy’s analysis gives us a clear understanding of just how important small businesses are in Florida."

Florida’s small business profile contains detailed information about the number and type of businesses in the state, business owner demographics, industrial makeup, business turnover and income and finance. Most data are also presented in comparison with similar data over time. Each state’s small business profile can be read or downloaded by visiting the Office of Advocacy’s website at www.sba.gov/advocacy/848.

Highlights of the Florida small business profile include:

Overall Economy

 Florida’s economy was was strong in 2011, with real gross state product increasing 2.5 percent and private-sector employment increasing 1.5 percent.

 The state’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percent in 2011.

 During the midst of the economic recession, the employment situation from 2007-2010 was weak, and small businesses in Florida had a net job loss.

Small Businesses

 Small businesses in Florida employed 2.8 million workers in 2010, with most of the employment coming from firms with 20 – 499 employees.

 Most of the state’s small businesses are very small as 80.8 percent of all businesses have no employees, and most employers have fewer than 20 employees.

 In 2011, the number of opening establishments was higher than closing establishments, resulting in a positive change in net employment.


 Self-employment in Florida improved over the last decade by 11.0 percent.

 Minority self-employment saw the largest growth in Florida over the last decade.


The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support



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