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Chamber of Commerce gives estimates of Austin's top 30 employers

The State of Texas, The University of Texas and H-E-B are some of Austin's biggest employers. Apple ranks at No. 11, but that could change with Thursday's big announcement.

AUSTIN — As Apple on Thursday announced it would be building a new campus in the Austin area, and with it introducing 5,000 new jobs, all eyes are on Austin-area businesses.

KVUE reached out to the Austin Chamber of Commerce to see where local companies currently stand in regards to employment in our area. The chamber responded, giving its recent estimates of Austin's top employers.

Apple stands at No. 11 on that list with 7,000 jobs. With the addition of 5,000 new roles, and plans to employ up to 15,000 in total, that could bring the tech giant up several spots in the rankings.

While tech is certainly huge in the capital city, so is government. Two employers on the chamber's list include the State of Texas and the Federal Government. Their estimates are based on a source of payroll employment data called the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages from the Texas Workforce Commission.


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Here are the Austin area's top 30 employers and the estimates of how many people they employ:

  1. State of Texas: 62,853
  2. The University of Texas at Austin: 23,925
  3. H-E-B: 13,756
  4. City of Austin: 13,531
  5. Dell Technologies: 13,000
  6. Federal Government: 12,795
  7. Austin Independent School District: 12,227
  8. St. David's HealthCare Partnership: 10,309
  9. Ascension Seton: 9,947
  10. Samsung Austin Semiconductor: 8,935
  11. Apple: 7,000
  12. Round Rock Independent School District: 6,345
  13. IBM Corp.: 6,000
  14. U.S. Internal Revenue Service: 5,700
  15. Travis County: 5,309
  16. Texas State University-San Marcos: 4,873
  17. Leander Independent School District: 4,698
  18. NXP Semiconductors (formerly Freescale): 4,000
  19. Amazon: 3,900
  20. Austin Community College: 3,553
  21. Applied Materials: 2,100
  22. Pflugerville Independent School District: 3,097
  23. U.S. Postal Service: 2,914
  24. General Motors: 2,800
  25. AT&T: 2,800
  26. Accenture: 2,705
  27. Whole Foods Market: 2,687
  28. Keller Williams Realty: 2,564
  29. National Instruments: 2,542
  30. Oracle Corp.: 2,500

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