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Number of employees of U.S. multinational companies working abroad, by industry 2018

This statistic shows the number of employees that work outside the United States for affiliates of U.S. multinational enterprises in 2018, by industry. In 2018, about 6.61 million people were working for affiliates in manufacturing of U.S. multinational enterprises.

Number of employees of U.S. multinational enterprises working outside the U.S. in 2018, by industry

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Release date

August 2020


United States

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Supplementary notes

Data refers to employees working at foreign affiliates of U.S. companies. Values are preliminary.
A foreign affiliate is defined as a foreign business enterprise in which a U.S. company owns or controls at least 10 percent of the voting securities or equivalent.

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