Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

To determine government employment at the state, local, or federal level as a share of all jobs in each state, 24/7 Wall St. used employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2016. The percentage of the population working in a particular industry is relative to the state’s total nonfarm payrolls. State employment-to-population ratios are also from the BLS. Population density is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey.

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