# Excel - COUNT Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I have two lists of employers followed by 4 numbers. I then have another list with the same thing. The problem is that one has employers that the other doesn't so it doesn't line up to just sum each across. Is there a way I can find the sums without having to manually count?
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User 22/06/2018 - 12:28
marketing research analyst
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:28
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User 22/06/2018 - 12:28
thank you!
User 22/06/2018 - 12:29
can I copy and paste into that excel sheet?
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:29
I understand that you need help with your formula.
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:29
Yes sure, or you can also forward the excel data here
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:30
If you click the paper clip icon, you can attach and forward the data you're working on.
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:35
Hello are you still there?
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:38
To answer your question, yes there is a way to find the sums without manually counting the employers. First you have to merge/combine the 2 lists, then you can count the # of employers using a formula without counting duplicates. To do that, add a new column after the employer's name, name that new column as (COUNT OF UNIQUE EMPLOYERS), then on 1st row, add this formula:
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:40
=1/COUNTIF(A:A,A2)
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:41
Given that the list of employers is in column A
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:42
Then you can sum column B using formula =SUM(B:B) anywhere on a free cell, then the number returned will be the total count of unique employers on your list
Excelchat Expert 22/06/2018 - 12:46
Here's a sample for your reference. You can paste your employer list on column A and the formula should work the same, just make sure it is copied to the last row of your data.
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