Providence Health state's top private employer

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Providence Health and Services remains No. 1 on the list of Alaska's top 100 largest private employers compiled by the state Labor Department.

It's the only private business with more than 4,000 employees.

Walmart-Sam's Club is No. 2 with more than 3,000 employees and the Carrs-Safeway grocery chain is No. 3 with just under 3,000 workers.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the top 10 employers have not changed since 2008.

The top 100 had a combined payroll last year of $4.2 billion - one-third of all private-sector wages and salaries statewide. Seven employers had a payroll of $10 million or more.

The list in the July edition of its Alaska Economic Trends does not include government. If the public sector is included, the military is the No. 1 employer in Alaska with more than 23,000 people. The next largest public employers include: the state of Alaska, federal civilians, the University of Alaska and the Anchorage School District.

Nearly one-fourth of the Top 100 private employers are nonprofits, led by Providence, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Banner Health Systems, which runs a hospital in Fairbanks.

Almost all oil employers made it onto the Top 100 list, led by ASRC Energy Services, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and CH2M Hill.

The department noted that 16 of the 100 largest private employers are Native nonprofit organizations or subsidiaries of Native corporations.

A few new businesses made their way into this year's list: Royal Highway Tours, Target, ERA Aviation, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Pogo Mine, Frontier Community Services, C Care Services, Subway and Access Alaska.

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