Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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35. New Jersey
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 14.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -6.5% (642,500 to 600,500)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $12,189 (9th highest)
> Population density: 1,196 per sq. mi. (the highest)

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34. Arizona
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 14.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -4.0% (432,300 to 415,200)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,405 (5th lowest)
> Population density: 56 per sq. mi. (18th lowest)

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33. Missouri
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.0% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -2.8% (446,300 to 433,700)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,774 (9th lowest)
> Population density: 87 per sq. mi. (23rd lowest)

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32. California
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.1% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +2.7% (2.5 million to 2.6 million)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $13,551 (5th highest)
> Population density: 239 per sq. mi. (11th highest)

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31. Georgia
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -2.4% (711,000 to 693,800)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $7,880 (2nd lowest)
> Population density: 168 per sq. mi. (18th highest)

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