The three largest employers in the Greater Philadelphia / South Jersey area should be no surprise. They are all government entities.
- Federal Government
The U.S. Government employs approximately 52,000 people in the region. This includes employees at the Federal Reserve Bank, U.S. Mint, U.S. District Court, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. military.
- City of Philadelphia
The City of Philadelphia employs approximately 30,000 people in the region. By City statute most are required to reside within the city limits. These include both white collar and blue collar workers. Included in this number are employees of the Police and Fire Departments, Streets Department, Courts, and the Water and Gas Company.
- School District of Philadelphia
The School District of Philadelphia employs approximately 26,000 people in the region. By City statute most are required to reside within the city limits. These include teachers, administrators, bus drivers, maintenance workers and food service workers.
The list of largest employers in the Greater Philadelphia / South Jersey area continues with private employers. Some you can easily guess. Others will surprise you.
- University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania employs approximately 22,600 people. These include educators and administrators serving the more than 9,000 student at the University of Pennsylvania. These also include workers at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and those doing research at one of the University's facilities.
- Jefferson Health System
The Jefferson Health System employs approximately 14,300 people. The Jefferson Health System consists of five members: Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Frankford Health Care System, Magee Rehabilitation, Main Line Health, and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System. These include nine hospitals and numerous rehabilitation and health service facilities.
MBNA Corporation employs approximately 10,500 people in the region. MBNA is a financial service company headquartered in Wilmington Delaware. As of January 1, 2006. they are owned by the Bank of America. MBNA is Delaware's largest employer. Their principal business in the region is credit card services.
- Merck & Co
Merck & Co employs approximately 10,000 people in the region. Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company headquartered in Whitehouse Station, NJ, but with major pharmaceutical operations in the Philadelphia suburbs of Blue Bell, Horsham, Lansdale, North Wales and West Point.
- Du Pont Corporation
Du Pont employs approximately 9,900 people in the region. They are headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware and have plants at various locations in the region as well as in more than 70 countries. DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the plastics and industrial organic chemical fields for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.
- Christiana Health Care System
Christiana Health Care System employs approximately 9,500 people in the region. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care Health System is one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. The not-for-profit, privately owned Christiana Care family of services includes two hospitals (Christiana Hospital, on a suburban campus south of the City of Wilmington, and Wilmington Hospital, in the downtown business district of Wilmington).
- Vanguard Group Inc.
Vanguard Group Inc. employs approximately 8,000 people in the region. Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment management companies for individual investors, corporations, institutions and financial professionals. As of December 31, 2005 their assets total approximately $950 billion in U.S. mutual funds.
Who else makes the list?
- Crozer-Keystone Health System - 7,026 regional employees
- Tenet Health Systems - 7,002 regional employees
- Prudential Insurance - 6,568 regional employees
- Lockheed Martin - 6,500 regional employees
- Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) - 6,200 regional employees
- J.P. Morgan Chase - 5,900 regional employees
- Cendant Mortgage Corporation - 5,481 regional employees
- Independence Blue Cross - 5,040 regional employees
- Allied Security - 5,000 regional employees
- Rosenbluth International - 5,000 regional employees