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    Largest employers in the world

    During President Barack Obama’s time in office, he regularly referred to small business as “the backbone of America’s economy.” One could certainly defend this claim by pointing to the fact that 48% of Americans in the private workforce are employed by small businesses, defined as those with 500 or fewer workers by the U.S. Small Business Association.

    However, since small businesses make up 99.7% of all American companies, that means that more than half of the private workforce is employed by 0.3% of the companies, suggesting that a select handful of corporations are primarily responsible for allowing the U.S. economy to remain in homeostasis. Many big companies not only employ American citizens here at home, but help stimulate the job markets across all four corners of the Earth.

    Using data from Statista, Stacker listed the 50 companies that employ the most people globally as of 2016. The list includes employers that are both private and public organizations, ranging from for-profit retail companies to citizen-serving government agencies. Read on to see how many employees work for the world's biggest companies.

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  • #50. HP
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    #50. HP

    Number of employees: 287,000
    Company type: Technology
    Country of origin: USA

  • #49. State Bank of India
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    #49. State Bank of India

    Number of employees: 293,459
    Company type: Regional banks
    Country of origin: India

  • #48. Deutsche Bahn
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    #48. Deutsche Bahn

    Number of employees: 297,202
    Company type: Railway
    Country of origin: Germany

  • #47. Walgreens Boots Alliance
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    #47. Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Number of employees: 302,500
    Company type: Pharmaceutical
    Country of origin: USA

  • #46. EXOR Group
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    #46. EXOR Group

    Number of employees: 303,247
    Company type: Holding company
    Country of origin: Italy

  • #45. China Southern Power Grid
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    #45. China Southern Power Grid

    Number of employees: 303,301
    Company type: Electric utility
    Country of origin: China

  • #44. Bank of China
    8/ EnigmaHuang // Flickr

    #44. Bank of China

    Number of employees: 310,042
    Company type: Regional banks
    Country of origin: China

  • #43. Samsung Electronics
    9/ Eirik Solheim // Wikimedia Commons

    #43. Samsung Electronics

    Number of employees: 319,000
    Company type: Technology
    Country of origin: South Korea

  • #42. FedEx
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    #42. FedEx

    Number of employees: 323,035
    Company type: Logistics
    Country of origin: USA

  • #41. Finatis
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    #41. Finatis

    Number of employees: 330,433
    Company type: Holding company
    Country of origin: France

  • #40. Sberbank
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    #40. Sberbank

    Number of employees: 330,677
    Company type: Regional banks
    Country of origin: Russia

  • #39. Berkshire Hathaway
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    #39. Berkshire Hathaway

    Number of employees: 331,000
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: USA

  • #38. General Electric
    14/ UpstateNYer // Wikimedia Commons

    #38. General Electric

    Number of employees: 333,000
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: USA

  • #37. Nestlé
    15/ Port(u*o)s // Wikimedia Commons

    #37. Nestlé

    Number of employees: 335,000
    Company type: Food processing
    Country of origin: Switzerland

  • #36. Hitachi
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    #36. Hitachi

    Number of employees: 335,244
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: Japan

  • #35. Auchan Holding
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    #35. Auchan Holding

    Number of employees: 337,737
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: France

  • #34. Target
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    #34. Target

    Number of employees: 341,000
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: USA

  • #33. UPS
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    #33. UPS

    Number of employees: 341,240
    Company type: Logistics
    Country of origin: USA

  • #32. Edeka Zentrale
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    #32. Edeka Zentrale

    Number of employees: 346,800
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: Germany

  • #31. Siemens
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    #31. Siemens

    Number of employees: 348,000
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: Germany

  • #30. Toyota Motor
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    #30. Toyota Motor

    Number of employees: 348,877
    Company type: Cars
    Country of origin: Japan

  • #29. Pacific Construction Group
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    #29. Pacific Construction Group

    Number of employees: 351,679
    Company type: Engineering and construction
    Country of origin: China

  • #28. Tesco
    24/ C41n // Wikimedia Commons

    #28. Tesco

    Number of employees: 357,835
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: Britain

  • #27. Accenture
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    #27. Accenture

    Number of employees: 358,000
    Company type: Technology
    Country of origin: USA

  • #26. China Construction Bank
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    #26. China Construction Bank

    Number of employees: 369,183
    Company type: Regional banks
    Country of origin: China

  • #25. Robert Bosch
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    #25. Robert Bosch

    Number of employees: 374,778
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: Germany

  • #24. Carrefour
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    #24. Carrefour

    Number of employees: 380,920
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: France

  • #23. Home Depot
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    #23. Home Depot

    Number of employees: 385,000
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: USA

  • #22. IBM
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    #22. IBM

    Number of employees: 411,798
    Company type: Technology
    Country of origin: USA

  • #21. China Telecommunications
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    #21. China Telecommunications

    Number of employees: 417,101
    Company type: Telecom providers
    Country of origin: China

  • #20. McDonald's
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    #20. McDonald's

    Number of employees: 420,000
    Company type: Fast food
    Country of origin: USA

  • #19. Sodexo
    33/ Sodexo USA // Flickr

    #19. Sodexo

    Number of employees: 422,844
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: France

  • #18. Kroger
    34/ Virginia Retail // Flickr

    #18. Kroger

    Number of employees: 431,000
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: USA

  • #17. China Mobile Communications
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    #17. China Mobile Communications

    Number of employees: 436,651
    Company type: Telecom Providers
    Country of origin: China

  • #16. Jardine Matheson
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    #16. Jardine Matheson

    Number of employees: 440,000
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: China

  • #15. China Resources National
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    #15. China Resources National

    Number of employees: 447,348
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: China

  • #14. Deutsche Post
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    #14. Deutsche Post

    Number of employees: 450,508
    Company type: Logistics
    Country of origin: Germany

  • #13. Gazprom
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    #13. Gazprom

    Number of employees: 462,400
    Company type: Oil and gas
    Country of origin: Russia

  • #12. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
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    #12. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

    Number of employees: 466,346
    Company type: Regional banks
    Country of origin: China

  • #11. Agricultural Bank of China
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    #11. Agricultural Bank of China

    Number of employees: 508,726
    Company type: Regional banks
    Country of origin: China

  • #10. Compass Group
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    #10. Compass Group

    Number of employees: 515,864
    Company type: Conglomerate
    Country of origin: Britain

  • #9. Aviation Industry Corp. of China
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    #9. Aviation Industry Corp. of China

    Number of employees: 542,236
    Company type: Aerospace and defense
    Country of origin: China

  • #8. U.S. Postal Service
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    #8. U.S. Postal Service

    Number of employees: 556,850
    Company type: Logistics
    Country of origin: USA

  • #7. Volkswagen
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    #7. Volkswagen

    Number of employees: 610,076
    Company type: Cars
    Country of origin: Germany

  • #6. Sinopec Group
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    #6. Sinopec Group

    Number of employees: 810,538
    Company type: Oil and gas
    Country of origin: China

  • #5. State Grid
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    #5. State Grid

    Number of employees: 927,839
    Company type: Electric utility
    Country of origin: China

  • #4. China Post Group
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    #4. China Post Group

    Number of employees: 938,494
    Company type: Logistics
    Country of origin: China

  • #3. Hon Hai Precision Industry
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    #3. Hon Hai Precision Industry

    Number of employees: 1,060,000
    Company type: Technology
    Country of origin: China

  • #2. China National Petroleum
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    #2. China National Petroleum

    Number of employees: 1,589,508
    Company type: Oil and gas
    Country of origin: China

  • #1. Walmart
    51/ Random Retail // Flickr

    #1. Walmart

    Number of employees: 2,300,000
    Company type: Retail
    Country of origin: USA

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