Although small companies — those with fewer than 50 workers — have been adding far more jobs than medium and large companies every quarter for for the two years that ended in June, they also go out of business and cut employees in larger numbers than the larger firms.
According to job gains and losses data from April to June 2012 — data released Tuesday — small companies added 3 million jobs nationwide in those three months. But they eliminated 2.85 million.
When looking at the net gains in jobs, it was the companies with 250 or more employees that were the best job creators, with 253,000 jobs. And that had been true in six of the last eight quarters. Medium-size companies added 161,000 more jobs than they cut, and the smallest companies added 158,000 more jobs than they cut.
So while it may be easier to find a job at a very small company, if you want to hang on to a job for a long time, you might want to try a bigger one.