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Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC)
Stephen Dunn
Regional Project Manager
Southeast Tennessee Development District
(423) 643-2320
sdunn@sedev.org
Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance
Dr. Domenico Parisi
Professor and Director
National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC)
(662) 325-9242
nsparc@nsparc.msstate.edu
nSPARC
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County Business Patterns
State County Firms 2007 % 1-4 Workers % 5-9 Workers % 10-19 Workers % 20-49 Workers % 50-99 Workers
AL DeKalb 1,216 51.60 21.38 13.32 8.71 1.97
AL Jackson 894 55.25 21.14 12.63 6.82 2.34
GA Bartow 2,139 54.46 18.70 12.20 8.92 3.22
GA Catoosa 977 54.14 17.50 12.18 10.64 3.58
GA Chattooga 342 59.64 19.88 10.81 6.43 0.87
GA Dade 232 54.31 20.68 12.93 6.03 3.87
GA Fannin 648 63.42 16.35 10.50 7.56 1.54
GA Floyd 2,088 49.32 20.73 14.51 9.05 3.40
GA Gilmer 645 59.84 19.68 9.14 8.37 1.24
GA Gordon 1,100 52.54 20.45 11.27 9.09 3.90
GA Murray 452 49.77 20.13 13.71 9.51 2.43
GA Pickens 734 63.35 16.48 10.08 7.22 1.63
GA Walker 803 55.80 23.28 10.70 6.10 2.36
GA Whitfield 2,535 47.37 19.72 14.80 10.85 3.62
NC Cherokee 733 55.00 22.51 13.64 6.41 1.22
NC Graham 200 57.00 24.00 9.00 6.00 3.00
TN Bledsoe 105 65.71 14.28 13.33 3.80 2.85
TN Blount 2,463 51.00 20.21 14.25 9.01 3.04
TN Bradley 2,020 48.06 21.23 13.31 11.48 3.16
TN Grundy 180 55.55 23.88 11.66 5.55 2.22
TN Hamilton 9,102 46.20 21.40 15.64 10.23 3.65
TN Loudon 895 52.62 21.11 13.85 7.60 2.34
TN Marion 496 54.83 21.37 13.91 5.84 2.21
TN McMinn 940 47.12 23.30 14.90 9.57 2.44
TN Meigs 95 60.00 17.90 10.52 5.26 5.26
TN Monroe 778 51.02 22.10 14.13 7.32 2.31
TN Polk 248 60.48 24.60 7.66 4.43 1.61
TN Rhea 528 53.40 21.60 12.12 8.52 1.51
TN Sequatchie 219 55.70 20.54 15.06 5.47 1.82
TN Van Buren 54 72.22 9.25 11.11 1.85 1.85
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 County Business Patterns, 2009

Proprietors as a Percentage of the Workforce, 2007
Regional Average: 22.8%, National Average: 20.2%
Percent of Non-Employer Firms by Industry
Prefix Industry % of Firms
23 Construction 22.30
81 Other Services except Public Admin 16.25
56 Administrative/Waste Services 10.04
44-45 Retail Trade 9.80
54 Professional/Tech Services 8.65
53 Real Estate/Rental and Leasing 8.14
62 Health Care/Social Assistance 5.42
48-49 Transportation/Warehousing 5.20
71 Arts/Entertainment/Recreation 2.90
52 Finance/Insurance 2.62
42 Wholesale Trade 1.80
31-33 Manufacturing 1.74
61 Educational Services 1.51
72 Accommodation/Food Service 1.31
11 Ag, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting 1.30
51 Information 0.86
22 Utilities 0.05
21 Mining 0.04
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009
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