Special Report

The Largest Employer in Each State

Albuquerque Plaza, New Mexico
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31. New Mexico

The University of New Mexico is the largest employer in New Mexico with more than 15,000 employees. Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque. Rio Rancho, located closeby, is home to an Intel research facility, another large economic driver and employer in the state.

32. New York

The State University of New York, spread over 64 campuses, employs 89,871 residents and is New York’s largest employer. SUNY has 459,550 students, including 418,917 undergraduates and 40,633 graduate students. Among the undergraduates are 239,791 students enrolled at community colleges, also part of the SUNY system.

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33. North Carolina

Wal-Mart’s 210 locations across North Carolina employed more than 49,000 people at the end of 2014, more than any other company in the state. Full-time associates had an average hourly wage of $12.87. The University of North Carolina System was also a large employer in the state.

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34. North Dakota

Sanford Health is the largest employer in North Dakota. Sanford operates 43 hospitals and 225 clinics. Among its 11,964 employees, it employs 1,360 physicians who have 81 specialty areas in medicine. It serves patients in both Dakotas and seven other states.

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35. Ohio

Nearly 47,000 Ohio residents were employed at Wal-Mart’s 175 locations across the state, a higher headcount than any other employer in Ohio. With such a large presence in the state, Wal-Mart’s recently announced wage increase will likely have among the largest economic impacts in Ohio.

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