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U.S. Census: Women-Owned Businesses Increasing

New government data show that the percentage of women-owned firms has increased, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

According to preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data, the total number of U.S. firms rose 2%, to 27.6 million, between 2007 and 2012. The number of women-owned firms increased by 27% over the same period.

The census data also showed that female-owned companies represented 36% of all firms in 2012, compared with 29% in 2007. The number of self-employed women and the number of women running businesses with employees both increased. In 2012, there were 9.9 million women-owned companies. 

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