Special Report

The Largest Employer in Every State

31. New Mexico
> Largest employer:
University of New Mexico
> Employee headcount: 24,061

The University of New Mexico employs more than 24,000 New Mexico residents. The headcount includes faculty, staff, student workers, as well as 7,686 employees at UNM Medical Group, a closely affiliated, private clinic based in Albuquerque.

32. New York
> Largest employer:
State University of New York
> Employee headcount: 89,871

The State University of New York (SUNY) is one of the largest public school systems in the country, with nearly 460,000 enrolled students. Over its 64 campuses across the state, the SUNY system also employs 89,871 faculty and staff.

33. North Carolina
> Largest employer:
University of North Carolina System
> Employee headcount: 74,079

The University of North Carolina system, which includes UNC universities and UNC hospitals, is the largest employer in North Carolina. The system employs 74,079 full- and part-time employees and spends $5.3 billion on payroll annually. Walmart, another of North Carolina’s largest employers, has over 50,000 workers in the state.

34. North Dakota
> Largest employer:
Sanford Health
> Employee headcount: 12,292

According to a spokesman, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North Dakota, employing 12,292 state residents. The company operates primarily in Bemidji, Bismarck, Fargo, and Sioux Falls. The health research and services company is also one of the largest employers in a number of other states, including South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

35. Ohio
> Largest employer:
> Employee headcount: 46,611

More than 46,000 people in Ohio work at Walmart as of early March, the largest employer in the state. The typical full-time worker at the retail giant in Ohio earns $13.70 per hour, according to the company. Large enough to be the biggest employer in many other states, Ohio State University is a close second, employing some 44,000 people.

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