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.