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Walmart continues run as WV's largest employer

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Walmart once again is West Virginia's largest private employer, a position the retail giant has enjoyed since 1998.

WorkForce West Virginia released its annual list of the 100 largest private employers in the state on Sept. 10. The list is based upon employment numbers as of March. 

Businesses rounding out the top 10 are West Virginia United Health System at No. 2, Charleston Area Medical Center at No. 3, Kroger at No. 4, Consolidated Coal Co. at No. 5, Lowe's Home Centers Inc. at No. 6, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. at No. 7, Mentor Management Inc/ The Mentor Network at No. 8, St. Mary's Hospital at No. 9 and American Electric Power at No. 10.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, the list contains businesses with both single and multiple locations, and ranks companies according to the number of employees. The data are extracted from the Quarterly Contribution Report for the first quarter of each year, and are available to the public by the third quarter of each year.

The five largest employers hasn't changed much since 2011. In that year, those five employers — Walmart, West Virginia United Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center, Kroger and Consolidation Coal Co. — had the same rank. Employers ranked No.6-10 have shifted positions some in the past year. Lowe's Home Centers climbed one position to No. 6 and Mylan Pharmaceuticals slipping one slot to No. 7. The Mentor Network climbed from No. 10 in 2011 to No. 8.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, the 10 largest employers had a total of 1,818 more employees than the top 10 employers of 2011.

"Nearly one-half of employers on the top 100 list climbed in rank, while just over one-third of businesses descended in rank," a news release from WorkForce West Virginia state. "The ranking of 12 employers was unchanged from last year, while seven employers not present on last year's top 100 made an appearance on this year's list."

Those seven new employers include Price Gregory Inc., a Houston-based company that provides infrastructure services with focus on pipeline construction and related services. Price Gregory came in at No. 58 on this year's list, making it the company with the biggest gain in position between 2011 and 2012. Other new companies include Amazon West Virginia Customer Service LLC, based in Huntington, which was ranked No. 85; Professional Payroll Concepts Inc., a Charleston company that provides human resources services to other businesses, which came in at No 89; and Prima Marketing LLC, a Chino, Calif., company that owns numerous scrapbooking supply businesses in West Virginia and other states. Prima Marketing was ranked the 92nd largest employer in the state.

The business that dropped the most between 2011 and 2012 was West Virginia University Medical Corp., which also is known as University Health Associates. That business dropped from a rank of No. 20 in 2011 to No. 67 in 2012. Between 2008 and 2011, University Health Associates hovered between a rank of No. 19 and No. 23.

The WorkForce West Virginia numbers show how the state's economy is changing, too. While West Virginia may be considered one of the nation's top energy states, only eight of the largest businesses are related to the coal industry, seven are utilities and four are in the banking and finance sector. On the other hand, 28 businesses are in the health care sector, 19 are retailers and 13 are manufacturers. 


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