Last month I posted the City of Philadelphia's list of largest private employers based on city wage tax data. The state of Pennsylvania has its own lists of major employers -- using state and federal unemployment insurance data -- and comes up with a significantly different list for the city.
It's not just that the state also tracks government employers (U.S. is #1 employer in Philadelphia, City is #2, School District #4, SEPTA #8, State #12). It looks like some big companies that are paying unemployment insurance for a lot of workers Philadelphia workers aren't paying similar levels of wage taxes.
Here's how the state ranks private, non-college, non-hospital employers in Philadelphia based on unemployment insurance records:
1. US Airways
2. Independence Blue Cross
4. Comcast Cablevision
5. Aramark Sports
6. Cardone Industries
7. Wells Fargo
9. Resources for Human Development Inc.
12. Tenet Health System - St. Christopher's Hospital
13. Ace Ltd.
14. NBC (which is owned by Comcast, see also #4. Pa. shows ranks, not job totals. That makes it tough to aggregate companies with more than one reporting unit.)
15. Bayada Home Health Care
18. Aramark Management (see also #5)
20. The Phillies
21. Peco Energy
Compare that with the top private non-college non-hospital employers from the list compiled by the city from wage tax records here (with link to data):
1) Independence Blue Cross
4) Wells Fargo
6) Ace Ltd.