Cooperative power

Cooperative Maine
October 7, 2012

* More than 29,000 cooperatives operate in every sector of the US economy, generating 2 million jobs, annual sales of $652 billion, and with assets of $3 trillion.

* About 233 million people are served by insurance companies owned by or affiliated with co-ops.

* Agricultural co-ops include the majority of all US farmers, providing 250,000 jobs and annual wages of $8 billion.

*More than 50,000 families in the US use cooperative day care facilities.

* About 7,500 credit unions, which are financial cooperatives, have about 91 million members and $750 Billion in assets.

*And electric cooperatives serve 42 million customers nationwide.

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