The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its list of the top 50 private-sector employers in Missouri Thursday, which includes several companies based in Clayton.
For the second straight year, Centene Corporation, headquartered at 7700 Forsyth Blvd in downtown Clayton, made the list, moving up from 46th to No. 38 this year.
Centene broke ground earlier this year on its $770 million expansion in downtown.
The campus expansion in the St. Louis suburb will make way for office space and parking to accommodate 2,000 more workers.
The project is one of the largest office developments seen in the region in decades.
The first phase of the development includes a 28-story office building that is expected to be complete by 2020.
A later phase calls for a 34-story office tower with space for a hotel, retail and parking.
Centene has touted the development as benefitting the community by bringing new jobs and upscale shops and restaurants, in addition to a civic center and auditorium.
Centene is the nation’s largest managed care company. Its core business is contracting with state governments to provide insurance to low-income residents covered by Medicaid. About 1,000 employees work at the company’s global headquarters in Clayton.
The list comes from the 2017 second-quarter census of employment and wages, though actual employment figures were not disclosed.
Washington University also made the list coming in at No. 3, while Enterprise ranked No. 50.
Schnucks Markets and Monsanto are among the other local companies that appear on the list.
Wal-Mart, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, topped the list for the second straight year.
About 45 percent of private-sector employees work for a small business (less than 50 employees), while medium sized businesses (50-249) employ 29 percent of the private-sector workforce. Large employers (250 or more) employ 26 percent.