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Caterpillar - global number of employees 2006-2020

Caterpillar's workforce dropped to 99,100 people in 2020. The number of employees bounced back from a low between 2013 and 2016, when the Illinois-based manufacturer of machinery and engines experienced a slump in sales and responded with layoffs.

About Caterpillar

Caterpillar Inc. is ranked among the world’s top manufacturers of construction machinery, as well as various other types of machinery and engines. The company was founded in 1925 in California, following a merger between two of the most important tractor manufacturers in the United States at the time. As a multinational, Caterpillar has employees all around the world, although most of its employees are based in North America.

In 2020, the company generated worldwide revenue of 41.75 billion U.S. dollars, down from 53.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. North America remained Caterpillar's most important market and the Construction Industries segment contributed with 16.9 billion U.S. dollars to Caterpillar's revenue stream.

Average number of Caterpillar employees worldwide from FY 2006 to FY 2020

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

FY 2006 to FY 2020

Supplementary notes

The figures for 2006 through 2015 were taken from previous annual reports; values have been rounded.

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