New “State of the Co-op Economy” report counts 40,000 co-ops in U.S.

by Elizabeth Lechleitner/NCBA CLUSA

“Measuring the impact of cooperatives is much more than measuring their total employment, total revenue, or the total number of establishments and businesses, but it’s a first step,” Hueth said. “These baseline numbers are critical to communicating the general economic footprint of cooperatives.”

The new report, coupled with anticipated federal data from the 2017 Economic Census, will put the U.S. at the forefront in national reporting on the cooperative sector.

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