Every state has certain employers that are vital to the economy. They are the companies and institutions that often have tens of thousands of people on their payroll, indirectly supporting other businesses with the cash they pay out to their many workers.
Using records and figures from various sources, we’ve put together a list of the single biggest employer in each state. To keep things more interesting and diverse, we’ve kept the nebulous organizations of simply “state government” and “federal government” off the list because those are actually the biggest employers in nearly every state.
If you think about it, you’ll probably know someone who works for the biggest employer in your own state.