Special Report

The Largest Employer in Every State

36. Oklahoma
> Largest employer:
> Employee headcount: 33,268

Employing 33,268 people as of early March, Walmart is the largest employer in Oklahoma. The company has 131 locations in the state, 79 of which are Supercenters. Minimum wage in the state is only $7.25 an hour, considerably less than the $12.92 average wage the company claims to pay full-time workers in Oklahoma.

37. Oregon
> Largest employer:
> Employee headcount: 18,600

In 2014, Intel was named “Most Admired Technology Company” by the Portland Business Journal for the ninth consecutive year. Intel began its operations in Oregon in 1974, and has since grown to be a major economic force in the region. With the company’s latest employee headcount — published last year — Intel surpassed Providence Health & Services to be the largest employer in the state.

38. Pennsylvania
> Largest employer:
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
> Employee headcount: 60,000

Education and health industries frequently dominate a state’s economy. In Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employs 60,000 people and is the state’s largest employer. The center reported $11.1 billion in assets and $12.0 billion in operating revenue in fiscal 2015.

According to a report from the state, Walmart was the largest employer as of the second quarter of 2015. However, according to Walmart, it employs only 51,318 Pennsylvania residents, fewer than the Pittsburgh Medical Center.

39. Rhode Island
> Largest employer:
Lifespan system of hospitals
> Employee headcount: 13,710

Based in Providence, the Lifespan system of hospitals includes four major hospitals in the state. Lifespan also operates Gateway Healthcare, a health insurance network serving state residents. As a whole, the system employs more than 13,700 workers.

40. South Carolina
> Largest employer:
> Employee headcount: 30,828

With 30,828 workers as of March, Walmart is the largest employer in South Carolina. As is the case in many parts of the country, Walmart is closing locations in the state in an effort to focus on Supercenters. Three Walmart locations in the state were shut down in early 2016, including a location in the small town of Winnsboro, which employed some 160 people. Of the 111 locations in South Carolina, 81 are Supercenters.

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