I saw this column last evening on Facebook, calling out the largest employer in each state.
I'll get to Missouri but first, I was struck by what organization it is in Kansas. Perhaps you'll be surprised, too.
> Largest employer: University of Kansas
> Employee headcount: 13,862
The University of Kansas spans five campuses and 13 schools, including the state’s only pharmacy and medicine schools. The university system employs 13,862 people. Excluding student workers, however, the headcount falls to 10,089, in line with the workforce of another major employer in the state, aviation manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems.
Now, here's the sad part.
> Largest employer: Walmart
> Employee headcount: 42,312
Walmart is the largest employer in Missouri by a considerable margin. As of March 4, 42,312 state residents worked in the retailer’s 157 locations throughout the state. The company’s presence in the state may be dwindling, however, as it closed four locations in early 2016 as part of a broader effort to focus on Supercenters and e-commerce.
Low wage paying, tax money absorbing Walmart.
How disgusting. That's an eye-opener.
But wait. There's more. It gets sadder. And more desperate and pathetic and pitiful.
Remember when the best middle-class jobs in America were for the auto companies and they paid a decent, living wage?
Good luck, fellow Missourians.