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Largest Employers in Los Angeles County

Office Buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Felicia Aparicio.

Most numbers given below are rounded or estimates. All numbers are for 2014 except where indicated.

Employer Employees
County of Los Angeles 96,500
Los Angeles Unified School District 59,600
City of Los Angeles (including DWP) 46,900*
University of California, Los Angeles 44,000
Federal Government (non-Defense Dept.) 43,400*
Kaiser Permanente 36,000
State of California (non-education) 29,200
Northrop Grumman Corp. 17,000
Target Corp. 15,000
Providence Health & Services 15,000
University of Southern California 14,700
Kroger Co. (Ralphs, Food 4 Less) 13,500
Bank of America 13,500
Long Beach Unified School District 12,300
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. County) 11,600**
Home Depot 10,600
Boeing Co. 10,500
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 10,200
Walt Disney Co. 10,200
Wells Fargo 10,000
United Parcel Service (UPS) 9,000
AT&T Inc. 8,900
ABM Industries Inc. 8,400
California Institute of Technology 8,100
Vons 7,800
Edison International 7,700
Fedex Corp. 7,600
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 7,400
Raytheon Co. 6,100
Dignity Health 6,100
Amgen Inc. 6,000
American Apparel 6,000
Universal Services of America 6,000
City of Long Beach 6,000**
Costco Wholesale 5,800
Sony Pictures Entertainment 5,700
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center 5,700
Southern California Gas Co. 5,500
J.P. Morgan Chase 5,000
NBCUniversal 5,000
Paramount Pictures 5,000
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles 4,900
99 Cents Only Store 4,600
Adventist Health 4,400
Whole Foods Market 4,000
Lockheed Martin Corp. 3,800
Time Warner Cable 3,700
Time Warner Cable 3,700
Huntington Memorial Hospital 3,600
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 3,500
California State University, Long Beach 3,500**
California State University, Northridge 3,500**
Federal Government (Defense Department) 3,400
Albertsons Southern California Region 3,400
Torrance Memorial Hospital 3,200
Verizon 3,000
DirecTV 2,900
Farmers Insurance Group 2,800
Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. 2,700
Aerospace Corp. 2,600

* Includes U.S. Postal Service
** 2013

Source: California Employment Development Department, The Los Angeles Business Journal, and Almanac research

A 2014 Los Angeles Times analysis showed that more than two-thirds of City of Los Angeles employees live outside of the city. Only 21% of Police Department employees lived in Los Angeles and only 16% of Fire Department employees. Primary reasons given were high cost of housing and low impressions of Los Angeles public schools. It was further found that higher paid city workers were more likely to live in the city than lower paid workers.