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TABLE E1

Number of Pension Plans
by type of plan, 1978-1997
Year Total Plans Single Employer Plans 1/ Multiemployer Plans 2/
Total Defined
Benefit
Defined
Contribution
Total Defined
Benefit
Defined
Contribution
Total Defined
Benefit
Defined
Contribution
1978 442,998 128,407 314,591 440,443 126,238 314,205 2,555 2,169 386
1979 470,921 139,489 331,432 468,265 137,243 331,022 2,656 2,246 410
1980 488,901 148,096 340,805 486,142 145,764 340,378 2,759 2,332 427
1981 545,611 167,293 378,318 542,789 165,042 377,747 2,822 2,252 570
1982 594,456 174,998 419,458 591,417 172,662 418,755 3,039 2,336 703
a
1983 602,848 175,143 427,705 599,822 172,843 426,979 3,026 2,300 726
1984 604,434 168,015 436,419 601,413 165,732 435,681 3,021 2,283 738
1985 632,135 170,172 461,963 629,069 167,911 461,158 3,066 2,261 805
1986 717,627 172,642 544,985 714,563 170,431 544,132 3,063 2,210 853
1987 733,029 163,065 569,964 729,909 160,904 569,005 3,112 2,157 955
a
1988 729,922 145,952 583,971 726,648 143,833 582,815 3,275 2,119 1,156
1989 731,356 132,467 598,889 728,276 130,472 597,804 3,080 1,995 1,085
1990 712,308 113,062 599,245 709,404 111,251 598,153 2,904 1,812 1,092
1991 699,294 101,752 597,542 696,300 99,931 596,369 2,994 1,821 1,173
1992 708,335 88,621 619,714 705,226 86,797 618,429 3,109 1,824 1,285
a
1993 702,097 83,596 618,501 698,918 81,737 617,180 3,179 1,859 1,320
1994 690,344 74,422 615,922 687,158 72,555 614,603 3,186 1,867 1,319
1995 693,404 69,492 623,912 690,265 67,682 622,584 3,139 1,810 1,328
1996 696,224 63,657 632,566 692,957 61,790 631,167 3,267 1,867 1,399
1997 720,041 59,499 660,542 716,912 57,720 659,192 3,130 1,779 1,351

1/ Includes single employer plans, plans of controlled groups of corporations, and multiple-employer noncollectively bargained plans.
2/ Includes multiemployer plans and multiple-employer collectively bargained plans.
SOURCE: Form 5500 series reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service for 1978-97 plan years.

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