Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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5. Mississippi
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 20.9% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -2.6% (247,800 to 241,300)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $10,030 (24th lowest)
> Population density: 63 per sq. mi. (19th lowest)

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4. West Virginia
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 21.0% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +3.5% (147,500 to 152,600)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,943 (23rd lowest)
> Population density: 77 per sq. mi. (22nd lowest)

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3. New Mexico
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 22.2% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -5.5% (197,600 to 186,800)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,298 (17th highest)
> Population density: 17 per sq. mi. (6th lowest)

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2. Wyoming
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 24.1% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +0.3% (68,700 to 68,900)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $17,379 (2nd highest)
> Population density: 6 per sq. mi. (2nd lowest)

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1. Alaska
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 24.6% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -2.1% (82,100 to 80,400)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $21,369 (the highest)
> Population density: 1 per sq. mi. (the lowest)

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