The data helps dispel the notion that midsize companies in sectors as varied as manufactur-
ing, service and tech are slow-growing.
Despite representing just 1 percent of all U.S. businesses, middle-market companies
are responsible for nearly 27 percent of all U.S. jobs, according to Growth Economy. The
research relied on data from two distinct data sets: the National Establishment Time-Series
(NETS) database, a catalog covering 55 million unique establishments with more than 300
data fields and 18 years of historical information; and PitchBook, the leading provider of
independent private equity research and data.
From 1995 through 2013, U.S. private equity-backed companies grew jobs by 83.7 percent,
while U.S. companies collectively grew jobs by 27 percent. Well over three-quarters of this
growth comes from the middle market.
From 1995 through 2013, private equity-backed companies grew sales by 134 percent,
while the United States grew sales by 31 percent. Again, more than 75 percent of this growth
comes from the middle market.
“Coming out of the recession there was little jobs or sales creation of any kind,” said
Gregg Cole, research director for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium. “Through
the Growth Economy analysis of 55 million companies, it’s clear that private equity—
particularly middle-market private equity—helped companies weather the storm.”
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