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Retail sales hit a record of $5.7 trillion in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
It should come as no surprise then that the largest companies, by employee count, in nine states fall under the retail umbrella. The electronics and technology sector accounts for six states’ largest employers.
The company with the highest employee count? You probably guessed it. That’d be Arkansas’ Wal-Mart, which employees 2.3 million people worldwide, including 1.4 million in the United States.
UPS of Georgia, falling under the transportation and logistics sector, clocks in at a distant second with an estimated 434,000 employees. Illinois’ Walgreens (healthcare) and Tennessee’s FedEx (transportation and logistics) follow with nearly 400,000 employees each.
On the other end of the spectrum, the University of Wyoming ranks as the largest employer of The Cowboy State with right about 3,000 employees. Of course, since Wyoming ranks as the least populated state in the U.S., that number is still pretty significant.
We looked at each state’s largest employer and then categorized them into industry sectors based off of their main responsibilities and outputs. The data comes from our internal database of companies which we gather from a variety of reputable sources. The employee count references total employees.
Retail – 9
Electronics / Technology – 6
Healthcare – 6
Food / Beverage – 5
Insurance / Finance – 5
Energy / Chemicals – 3
Construction – 3
Telecommunications / Media – 3
Hospitality – 3
Education – 2
Transportation / Logistics – 2
Federal – 1
Automotive – 1
Entertainment – 1
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