Wal-Mart Is Largest Employer in 20 States

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), the largest company in America as measured by workers and revenue, is the largest employer in 20 states, a figure no other corporation or nonprofit can come close to matching. Wal-Mart has struggled with same-store sales recently, and with labor organizations that have rattled management over higher wages, but its total number of workers has not changed significantly.

Wal-Mart’s employee count in the United States as of the end of its last fiscal year was 1.4 million. It had 5,321 locations, including Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart stores. Of its total global revenue of $458 billion, $347 billion came from U.S. locations.

In an analysis of the largest company by state, 24/7 Wall St. found:

1. Wal-Mart employed nearly 34,000 Alabama residents as of February 2015, more than any other company in the state. Of the 138 retail stores Wal-Mart operates in Alabama, 99 are supercenters. According to the company, the average wage for full-time hourly associates was $12.57 an hour.

2. Excluding state and local government employment, Wal-Mart was the largest employer in Arizona with 32,373 employees as of the beginning of this year. As in most states where Wal-Mart is the top employer, there are well over 100 Wal-Mart locations throughout the state, 79 of which are supercenters. The average hourly wage of a Wal-Mart employee in the state was less than $13.00 last year.