Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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50. Nevada
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 11.6% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -0.1% (161,200 to 161,000)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,186 (4th lowest)
> Population density: 25 per sq. mi. (9th lowest)

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49. Pennsylvania
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 11.7% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -7.5% (759,700 to 702,900)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,210 (18th highest)
> Population density: 284 per sq. mi. (9th highest)

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48. Rhode Island
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 12.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -3.9% (63,500 to 61,000)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,499 (15th highest)
> Population density: 1,018 per sq. mi. (2nd highest)

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47. Massachusetts
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 12.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +4.0% (437,000 to 454,500)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $13,056 (6th highest)
> Population density: 839 per sq. mi. (3rd highest)

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46. Florida
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 12.7% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -1.5% (1.13 million to 1.11 million)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $7,969 (3rd lowest)
> Population density: 351 per sq. mi. (8th highest)