The Myth Of Small Businesses As Job Creators

The numbers don’t back up this oft-made claim.

“I don’t want to pick on dry cleaners and restaurants and small manufacturing firms, but they’re not a big source of job creation,” says John Haltiwanger, an economist at the University of Maryland.

Politicians like to say that small companies create two of every three jobs in a given year. That’s less impressive when you consider that almost all the 6 million companies in the U.S. — 99.9 percent of them — are small businesses, with fewer than 500 workers.

What’s more, two-out-of-three masks the fact that most small businesses eliminate more jobs than they create in a given year, either through layoffs, closings or bankruptcy.

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