Vermont's largest hospital is now state's largest private employer. Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington says it employs 7,100 people.
That’s a significantly larger workforce than at the nearby IBM plant in Essex Junction, which was Vermont’s largest private employer for many years.
Layoffs in recent years have resulted in a decline in the number of IBM jobs; from a high of more than 8,000 to an estimated 4,000 today in Chittenden County. The company does not release information on employee numbers.