Christiana Care rated top employer in Delaware, study finds


Christiana Care employs 11,856 workers in Delaware, making it the largest employer in the state, according to a recent analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

State governments are often the largest employers in individual states, but the 24/7 Wall St. study excluded public-sector administrative agencies from its review. The analysis did, however, include public entities that operate as companies, such as hospital groups and state university systems.

Christiana Care was classified as being in the hospitals industry in the study. Walmart was found to be the largest employer in 22 states, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

To make the 50-state ranking, the analysis included a review of employment numbers from nonprofits, private and public companies. Its sources were press releases, government numbers, business publications and statements from company officials.

Military bases were excluded from the list of top employers, and some of the employee numbers are estimates.

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Largest Employers by State

StateLargest EmployerEmployee headcountIndustry Category
AlabamaWalmart37,989Retail
AlaskaProvidence Health & Services4,000Hospitals
ArizonaBanner Health43,102Hospitals
ArkansasWalmart49,165Retail
CaliforniaUniversity of California227,786Public universities
ColoradoUniversity of Colorado36,000Public universities
ConnecticutYale New Haven Health System25,199Hospitals
DelawareChristiana Care11,856Hospitals
FloridaWalmart105,888Retail
GeorgiaWalmart59,922Retail
HawaiiAltres Industrial10,000Staffing
IdahoSt. Luke's Health System14,000Hospitals
IllinoisWalmart52,603Retail
IndianaWalmart40,385Retail
IowaWalmart17,218Retail
KansasWalmart20,330Retail
KentuckyWalmart28,862Retail
LouisianaWalmart34,830Retail
MaineMaineHealth15,000Hospitals
MarylandJohns Hopkins University31,320Universities
MassachusettsPartners Healthcare60,300Hospitals
MichiganGeneral Motors52,113Manufacturing
MinnesotaMayo Clinic41,691Hospitals
MississippiWalmart23,605Retail
MissouriWalmart41,399Retail
MontanaWalmart4,622Retail
NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska14,000Public universities
NevadaMGM Resorts International51,000Casinos & hotels
New HampshireWalmart7,552Retail
New JerseyWakefern Food Corp.40,000Supermarkets
New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico27,000Public universities
New YorkState University of New York91,182Public universities
North CarolinaWalmart57,431Retail
North DakotaSanford Health14,487Hospitals
OhioWalmart49,330Retail
OklahomaWalmart31,845Retail
OregonProvidence Health & Services22,340Hospitals
PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center87,000Hospitals
Rhode IslandLifespan System of Hospitals14,000Hospitals
South CarolinaWalmart33,298Retail
South DakotaSanford Health Network13,196Hospitals
TennesseeWalmart40,274Retail
TexasWalmart164,611Retail
UtahIntermountain Healthcare37,000Hospitals
VermontUniversity of Vermont Medical Center7,500Public universities
VirginiaWalmart43,323Retail
WashingtonBoeing69,830Manufacturing
West VirginiaWest Virginia University Health18,492Retail
WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin39,000Public universities
WyomingWalmart4,438Retail
Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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