Largest Employer by State 2022

Since about 2018, Amazon and Walmart continue to battle for the number one position as the largest employer in the United States. As of 2019, Texas has the most Walmart employees. In 2021, the largest number of Amazon employees live in California.

Top 5 Largest Employers by State

A largest employer by state 2022 industry breakdown for all states shows that retail, health care and education remain the primary employee sectors. From 2018-2022, Walmart has reportedly held out at number one of 22 states based on the highest worker count.


The state of Texas has about 168,403 Walmart employees. The company has nearly 3 million people working for it worldwide by 2020, and they now have about 10,500 stores.

About 1.6 million people work for Walmart in the U.S. It’s the first-largest employer by the number of workers it has in the U.S. and ranks as having the greatest number of employees of all companies in the world.


In 2020, California surpassed Washington as Amazon’s state with the largest number of employees, which totaled 153,000 by the third quarter. During this period, Washington came in second with about 80,000 workers. Data records do change often, however.

Amazon keeps growing because of the increase in online shopping that has taken place, especially after 2020. In February 2021, the company reportedly had about 1.3 million people working for it worldwide.


FedEx has its headquarters stationed in Memphis, and it has at least 550,000 employees as of 2020, a number which may have risen to about 570,000 by 2022. It ranks as having the third-largest employee count in the United States, and the global employee roster totals an estimated 850,000 in 2020.


United Parcel Service has the fourth-largest employee count in the U.S. as reported in 2022. In 1994, UPS moved its headquarters from where it started in Seattle in 1907 to Atlanta, Georgia.

From 2020-2022, the company has at least 534,000 employees but may have had at least up to 540,000 people working for it. The company deliveries approximately 25 million packages per day and generated more than $97 million in revenue as of 2021.


Kroger comes in fifth for the number of employees in the U.S. as reported by Companies Market Cap based on 2001-2022 data, which continually updates in real-time. This employer apparently generates the most revenue of all supermarket chains as reported by April 2, 2021. Its headquarters are in Cincinnati, Ohio, and this company has nearly 500,000 total associates.

Largest Employer by State 2022