Size of Firm Report 2018 – Harney CountyNovember 14, 2018 Nearly 89 percent of Harney County’s privately owned firms employed fewer than 10 workers in the first quarter of 2018. Altogether, these small firms accounted for slightly more than half of the county’s private-sector workforce and slightly less than half of private-sector wages. The majority of firms employed from one to four workers and the second largest group of firms employed from five to nine workers. The third largest group of firms had zero employees.
Firms with zero employees accounted for a sizeable portion of private-sector firms; roughly one out of every seven firms. For this report, a firm was designated a size class based on their March 2018 employment level. The majority of firms in Harney County with zero employees in March had from one to four employees in one or more months during 2017. Some of these firms had from one to four employees in January or February 2018, but none in March. Many firms in this size class are in industries that have a seasonal trend. They likely hire a small number of workers during peak season, or for special projects, and let them go when demand has softened.
The other side of the size class coin is that less than 12 percent of Harney County’s privately owned firms employed 10 or more workers. These 25 firms accounted for slightly less than half of Harney’s private-sector workforce and slightly more than half of private-sector wages. Slightly less than 8 percent of the county’s private-sector firms employed from 10 to 19 workers and slightly less than 4 percent employed from 20 to 49 workers. Note that data pertaining to the 50 to 99 worker size class in Harney County cannot be disclosed due to confidentiality. However, if this data were included in the analysis, then firms employing 10 or more workers would account for a larger portion of Harney’s private-sector employment and wages.