Despite consistent urging from a portion of the American public to slim down government, a large number of residents continue to make a living by working in government. In 2016, more than 3 out of every 20 American jobs involved working for the federal, state, or local government. Not all states, however, have the same concentration of government jobs. In fact, the percentages vary greatly across the country.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the number of government positions as a share of the total number of jobs in each state using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Nationally, 15.4% of the workforce is employed by the government.
In the state with the largest concentration of government workers, that share shoots up to 25.4%. This is the only state to cross the 25% threshold. On the other end of the spectrum, the portion of the workforce that is in government falls as low as 12% in one state.
These are the states with the most and least government workers.
Correction: Due to a transcription error, the number of government employees was incorrect in a previous version of this article. The error has been corrected.