XXXXThe wholesaleand retail trades areimportant parts of theeconomy a In Megalopolis theyemploy significant number ofworkers. In New York alone 222,878workers were employed in the twosectors, according to the 1997 Census.Other areas of very high absolutenumbers are Middlesex MA with127,978.XXXXXThe New York metroarea is a significant area ofemployment. The sevenNew York metro counties ofBergen, Nassau, New York,Suffolk, Kings, Queens andWestchester employ784,908 workers in the twosectors. In contrast, some ofthe more peripheral counties suchas Orange NY, Hampshire MA or New Castle DEhave numbers so low that they are not revealed in thepublished census to avoid disclosing data that might divulgeinformation for specific businesses. The retail and wholesale trades areconcentrated close to the major urban centers in the region. Wholesale tradesare found in urban locations because of the ease of distribution. In New York, ofthe almost quarter of million-workers in the two sectors, over a half are in thewholesale sector. In more peripheral areas such as Franklin MA, of the 3662workers in both sectors only782 (21%) are in wholesale,whereas in Suffolk County, NYon the eastern tip of LongIsland and close to the NewYork metro, 38% are inwholesale.Withheld from census to avoid disclosing data of individual companies.Total Number of Wholesale and Retail EmployeesSource: 1997 Economic Census250,000100,00050,00025,00010,0005,0002,5001,00050010%90%WholesaleRetail15%85%20%80%25%75%30%70%35%65%40%60%45%55%50%50%55%45%Percentage of Employees in Wholesale or Retail TradeNew YorkRegional InsetWashington D.C.Regional Inset0 20 40 60 80 100MILES0 20 40 60 80 100KILOMETERSSEE INSETSEE INSET
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