The Capital Region's biggest employers are...

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Can you guess? (This photo isn't really making it hard.)

Something we came across while doing research for that post earlier this week about the Capital Region jobs picture: The top 10 private sector employers for the Capital Region, as counted by the state Department of Labor.

Can you guess which companies are on the list?

Capital Region's 10 biggest private sector employers

The state Department of Labor doesn't provide job counts (it regards the info as confidential), so the list is in the alphabetical order. (The Biz Review put together a similar list last year with some job count numbers.)

Albany Medical Center Hospital
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp.
Ellis Hospital
General Electric Co.
Glens Falls Hospital
Hannaford Supermarkets
Price Chopper
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
St. Peter's Hospital

Rankings are for the first quarter of 2013. The labor department lists some caveats for these rankings, example: "it does not take into account subsidiary relationships, mergers, or firms created by the "spin-off" of a division by a parent firm."

A few bits about the Capital Region list:

+ St. Peter's Health Partners employs "over 12,500 employees," according to its website.

+ Albany Med employs "approximately 7,000" people, according to its website.

+ Ellis Medicine has "more than 3,300 employees and more than 700 members of our medical staff," according to its website.

+ Price Chopper had "more than 8,500" employees in the Capital Region as of 2013 April, according to a Biz Review report. (And 22,000 employees across all its stores, according to a company press release.)

+ Glens Falls Hospital employees "about 3,000" people, according to a Post-Star report in 2013 October.

+ Bechtel operates the Knolls Atomic Power Lab for the federal Department of Energy. It employs "more than 2,600 people" at its Niskayuna and West Milton sites, according to the company website.

+ GE had about 4,000 employees at its Schenectady campus in 2013 October, according to a Biz Review report. It also employees people at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna and a few other sites around the region.

+ And for some perspective: About 50,000 people in the Capital Region were employed by the state in 2014 April, according to the labor department.

New York State 10 biggest private sector employers

Columbia University
Cornell University
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center
Mount Sinai Hospital
North Shore-LIJ Health System 
New York-Presbyterian University Hospital
University of Rochester
Wegmans Food Markets

+ Walmart employed 37,034 people in New York State as of October 2013, according to the company's website.



Job creation at this place was subsidized at $1million per job and they didn't even make the top 10 list?

Ooh, Wegman's weirdos, look-- Wegman's and Price Chopper are both mentioned above. Don't let this opportunity to complain about our area's lack of Wegman's slip by!

How about a top ten list of employers of full time positions that pay wages a family can actually live on.

Looks to me like 7 of 10 of the top employers in this region likely pay a living wage. It seems promising that this region employs so many highly skilled and educated people.

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