No one is comparing quantity versus quality, but lists of New Jersey's "best" employers, like the yearly survey released by Forbes, only tell so much of the employment story in the Garden State.

The statewide unemployment rate now hovers around 4%, with New Jersey having made up all of its COVID-19 job losses for the first time in August.

There is no doubt that people are back to work in New Jersey, but while some have been trying to prop up small businesses in the state, others may prefer seeking larger ponds.

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Cumberland, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Morris counties, at the very least, maintain their own largest employer lists.

At the statewide level, New Jersey Business Magazine took a look last month at more than a dozen companies that employ the largest numbers of people here (not including the colleges, universities, and nonprofits that also sometimes crack these types of rankings).

Companies that are headquartered in New Jersey are denoted with an asterisk (*).

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About 50,000 employees in New Jersey

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Wakefern Food Corp.* (ShopRite)

36,409 employees in New Jersey. Headquartered in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge.

Walmart in Egg Harbor Township (Google Maps)
Walmart in Egg Harbor Township (Google Maps)


23,799 employees in New Jersey

UPS Posts Positive Quarterly Earnings, And Forecasts A Strong Holiday Season
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19,826 employees in New Jersey

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Johnson & Johnson

15,900 employees in New Jersey. Headquartered in New Brunswick.

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12,500 employees in New Jersey. Headquartered in Newark.

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ATM at a Bank of America branch in New York (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)

Bank of America

11,000 employees in New Jersey

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A man spreads salt in front of the Caesars Casino in Atlantic City (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Caesars Entertainment

7,142 employees in New Jersey. Headquartered in Atlantic City.

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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

4,289 employees (all in New Jersey). Headquartered in Atlantic City.

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Tata Consultancy Services

3,700 employees in New Jersey. Offices in New Jersey.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

3,696 NJ employees. Headquartered in Atlantic City.

Valley National Bank
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Valley National Bank

1,999 employees in New Jersey. Headquartered in Wayne.

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JCP&L repair worker (JCP&L)

JCP&L (division of FirstEnergy Corp. based in Ohio)*

1,500 employees (all in New Jersey). New Jersey offices in Holmdel.

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