Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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10. Alabama
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 18.9% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -0.4% (387,300 to 385,900)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,288 (15th lowest)
> Population density: 94 per sq. mi. (24th lowest)

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9. Montana
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 18.9% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +2.6% (88,100 to 90,400)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,527 (19th lowest)
> Population density: 7 per sq. mi. (3rd lowest)

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8. North Dakota
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 19.0% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +8.1% (76,300 to 82,500)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $14,288 (4th highest)
> Population density: 10 per sq. mi. (4th lowest)

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7. Hawaii
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 19.1% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +0.5% (125,000 to 125,600)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,361 (16th highest)
> Population density: 212 per sq. mi. (13th highest)

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6. Oklahoma
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 20.6% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +3.1% (337,300 to 347,800)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,784 (10th lowest)
> Population density: 55 per sq. mi. (16th lowest)