Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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45. New Hampshire
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 13.2% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -5.7% (95,400 to 90,000)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,373 (16th lowest)
> Population density: 147 per sq. mi. (21st highest)

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44. Illinois
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 13.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -3.2% (854,000 to 826,300)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $10,923 (21st highest)
> Population density: 231 per sq. mi. (12th highest)

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43. Indiana
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 13.7% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -2.5% (440,500 to 429,700)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,688 (8th lowest)
> Population density: 181 per sq. mi. (16th highest)

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42. Wisconsin
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 13.7% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -3.3% (421,900 to 407,800)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $10,273 (23rd highest)
> Population density: 105 per sq. mi. (23rd highest)

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41. Michigan
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 13.7% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -6.7% (650,000 to 606,500)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,699 (20th lowest)
> Population density: 175 per sq. mi. (17th highest)