The U.S. may be a diverse country full of wildly different companies and industries, but when it comes down to it, a few key players dominate the employment landscape.
While parts of the map reveal the individual character of different states — particularly Nevada's unique relationship with gambling — others merely show the monumental power of single companies.
Washington's biggest employer is the aircraft giant Boeing, worth some $95 billion, while the $250-billion behemoth Walmart is the biggest employer in a staggering 20 states.
On the flip side, the map reveals that while some states may have reputations for being the center of certain industries — California's high-tech and New York's finance — some of those hallmark industries actually employ relatively small swathes of the population.
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