The Wake County Public School System remains one of North Carolina's largest employers even though layoffs are taking a toll on the number of bodies.
In the state's recently released Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, Wake was ranked the state's ninth-largest employer with between 15,000 and 19,999 employees.
Before the recent layoffs, Wake was listed in the state's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as the eighth-largest employer with between 20,000 and 24,999 employees.
Wake's workforce has grown along with the student enrollment as it's now the state's largest school district with 146,687 students. In 2001, Wake was the state's eighth-largest employer with 10,000 to 14,999 employees.
Locally, the latest school district Comprehensive Annual Financial Report shows it's the second-largest employer in Wake County with 17,572 employees this year. That's up from 2002, when the school district was the third-largest employer in the county with 12,500 employees.