The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) reports on a recent survey from the 2006 General Social Survey that 20 million American workers own stock in their company through a 401(k) plan, ESOP, direct stock grant, or similar plan, while 10.6 million hold stock options. his? That means that 17% of the total workforce own stock through some kind of benefit plan, while 9.3% of the workforce hold options.
The General Social Survey, one of the largest national surveys on work and other issues, is a project of the National Opinion Research Center. Funding was received from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Employee Ownership Foundation, the Beyster Institute, the NCEO, and the Profit Sharing Council of America.