New York's largest private sector employer is Walmart. (CORRECTION 10:39 a.m.: The largest private sector employer is North Shore-LIJ Health System. I was supplied with an earlier, incorrect version of the report.)

The network of downstate hospitals employs 37,000 New Yorkers, according to new data from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR).

Walmart, the second-largest private employer in the state, employs the equivalent of 28,000 full-time workers.

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Here's a surprise. People in upstate and downstate don't agree on the state of the New York economy. Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle has the latest results of Siena's regular polling of consumer confidence: