Who Run the World?: San Antonio Tops the Nation in Job Growth at Women-Owned Businesses


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The Alamo City is the top-ranked U.S. metro in growth of jobs at women-owned businesses, according to a new report based on Census data.

San Antonio's female-owned businesses experienced an almost 35% jump in employment over the past five years, putting the city at the top of the 50 largest U.S. metros compared in the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

San Antonio also ranked 13th in growth of its number of women-owned firms and 7th in revenue growth at women-owned firms, according to the report.

Texas is home to an estimated 979,000 women-owned businesses that employ roughly 836,000 people, the research shows. Their combined sales top $142.2 billion.

The report also reveals:
  • The number of U.S. women-owned businesses grew by 21% over the past year, more than double the overall rate.
  • Women of color represent 39% of the total female population but account for 89% of net new women-owned businesses started over the past year.
  • More than half of women-owned businesses are in three industries: services such as hair salons and pet-care businesses; healthcare and social assistance; and professional, technical and scientific services.
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