Though there are employers representing numerous sectors, the top two employers in the state and about half of the employers on the list are in the health care field or are universities that have major health facilities. The financial services sector has the next largest number of top employers, accounting for one-quarter of the overall list. The majority of the largest firms are headquartered downstate in New York City and on Long Island; though a few (including UR, Wegmans, and Kaleida Health) are located Upstate.
The list attempts to estimate full-time equivalent employment based on the best information available, isolating jobs in NY for companies with national and/or international branches. Since employee counts are not public information, CGR relied on direct information from employers, lists compiled by local business journals, and published data from market research firms to compile the rankings.
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