When I think of America, I think of glorious capitalism (although we do have a socialist running for President…). I think of all the blood, sweat, and tears secreted by ambitious Americans and immigrants trying to earn a better place in the world. I think of shiny devices. I think of Ford and Tesla. I’m even proud that we have the Kardashians. Yes, I said that. They’re a global commodity, booty and drama for days. Truth is, they run a business and they do it well. The days of entertainment meaning Frank Sinatra are long behind us. I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is that I just got my weekly summary of stock-related news and clicked on an article listing the top employer in 50 states. It was discouraging to face the reality of how many Americans are wasting away in Wal-Marts.
States Where Wal-Mart Is the Largest Employer
Alabama – 34,000 Wal-Mart employees working in 138 locations
Arizona – 32,000 Wal-Mart employees working in over 100 locations.
Arkansas – 50,000 Wal-Mart employees
Florida – 95,000 Wal-Mart employees working in 343 locations
Georgia – 51,000 Wal-Mart employees
Illinois – 51,000 Wal-Mart employees in 197 locations
Kentucky – 28,000 Wal-Mart employees in over 100 locations
Louisiana – 35,000 Wal-Mart employees in 127 locations
Mississippi – 23,000 Wal-Mart employees
Missouri – 40,000 Wal-Mart employees
Montana – 4,500 Wal-Mart employees
North Carolina – 49,000 Wal-Mart employees in 210 locations
Ohio – 47,000 Wal-Mart employees
Oklahoma – 31,000 Wal-Mart employees
South Carolina – 27,000 Wal-Mart employees in 104 locations
Tennessee – 39,000 Wal-Mart employees
Texas – 151,000 Wal-Mart employees
Virginia – 40,000 Wal-Mart employees
West Virginia – 11,000 Wal-Mart employees
Wyoming – 4,000 Wal-Mart employees
A few states had universities as the largest employer:
- New York
If you haven’t guessed, Wal-Mart employs more Americans than any other company, which sucks… I think. It certainly screws up my perception of what America should be. A little research confirms that my perceptions are more in in-line with the 1950s America when the largest companies were:
- U.S. Steel
- General Electric
- Standard Oil
- Goodyear Tires
- Firestone Tires
The top 3 employers in America today are Wal-Mart, Yum, and McDonalds. I feel like an old man saying this, but even poor people used to have a trade! Working at GE you were likely to learn something more than how to stock shelves. Now if you’re not stocking shelves, you’re an academic at a university. Real world experience is apparently disappearing.
This article on the top employers by state was a wake-up call that explains a lot about why so many ridiculous characters get to stand at podiums during Presidential debates.