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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

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

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#49. State Bank of India

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

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#48. Deutsche Bahn

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

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#47. Walgreens Boots Alliance

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

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#46. EXOR Group

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

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#45. China Southern Power Grid

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

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#44. Bank of China

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

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#43. Samsung Electronics

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

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#42. FedEx

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

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#41. Finatis

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

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#40. Sberbank

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

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#39. Berkshire Hathaway

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

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#38. General Electric

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

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#37. Nestlé

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

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#36. Hitachi

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

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#35. Auchan Holding

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

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#34. Target

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

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#33. UPS

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

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#32. Edeka Zentrale

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

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#31. Siemens

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

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#30. Toyota Motor

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

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#29. Pacific Construction Group

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

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#28. Tesco

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

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#27. Accenture

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

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#26. China Construction Bank

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

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#25. Robert Bosch

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

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#24. Carrefour

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

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#23. Home Depot

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

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#22. IBM

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

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#21. China Telecommunications

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

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#20. McDonald's

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

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#19. Sodexo

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

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#18. Kroger

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

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#17. China Mobile Communications

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

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#16. Jardine Matheson

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

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#15. China Resources National

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

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#14. Deutsche Post

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

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#13. Gazprom

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

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#12. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

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

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#11. Agricultural Bank of China

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

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#10. Compass Group

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

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#9. Aviation Industry Corp. of China

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

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#8. U.S. Postal Service

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

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#7. Volkswagen

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

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#6. Sinopec Group

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

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#5. State Grid

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

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#4. China Post Group

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

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#3. Hon Hai Precision Industry

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

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#2. China National Petroleum

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

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#1. Walmart

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

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