Special Report

The Largest Employer in Every State

26. Montana
> Largest employer:
> Employee headcount: 4,508

Compared to other states where Walmart is the largest employer, Montana has relatively few Walmart locations. Still, the 15 Walmart stores in the state employ 4,508 people as of early March, more than any other company.

27. Nebraska
> Largest employer:
University of Nebraska
> Employee headcount: 13,000

Nebraska is one of a handful of states where the largest employer is an education institution. Serving nearly 20,000 students, the University of Nebraska employs some 13,000 faculty and staff — more than any other company or organization in the state. The school claims to offer generous benefits to full-time employees, including paid sick leave and employer matched retirement plans. The university was founded in 1869, and is located in the state capital of Lincoln.

28. Nevada
> Largest employer:
MGM Grand Las Vegas
> Employee headcount: 55,000

According to a spokesperson from MGM Grand Las Vegas, the hotel chain employs approximately 55,000 workers in Nevada, making it the state’s largest employer. The hotel chain, which, based on room count, is one of the largest in the world, also owns properties in Mississippi, Michigan, Maryland, and Massachusetts, for a total headcount of 62,000 employees.

29. New Hampshire
> Largest employer:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
> Employee headcount: 9,300

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which employs roughly 9,300 people, is the largest employer in New Hampshire by at least 4,300 workers. The hospital’s main campus is located on New Hampshire’s border with Vermont, where about one-fourth of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system’s workforce lives. The D-HH system serves 1.9 million patients throughout New England and has an estimated impact of $2.6 billion annually on the New Hampshire and Vermont state economies.

30. New Jersey
> Largest employer:
Wakefern Food Corporation
> Employee headcount: 36,000

Based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Wakefern Food Corp. employs more people in the Garden State than any other company or organization. A subsidiary of ShopRite, the company owns and operates grocery stores throughout the state as well as a handful of other nearby states. Wakefern employs 10,000 more people than the state’s second biggest employer, Rutgers University.

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