Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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30. New York
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.4% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -1.8% (1.52 million to 1.49 million)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $16,690 (3rd highest)
> Population density: 411 per sq. mi. (7th highest)

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29. Oregon
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.4% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -1.0% (298,000 to 295,000)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,986 (11th highest)
> Population density: 40 per sq. mi. (12th lowest)

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28. Texas
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.6% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +7.9% (1.8 million to 2.0 million)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,917 (12th lowest)
> Population density: 96 per sq. mi. (25th lowest)

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27. Maine
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 15.9% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -4.0% (104,400 to 100,200)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,711 (21st lowest)
> Population density: 43 per sq. mi. (13th lowest)

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26. Kentucky
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 16.2% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +1.3% (309,700 to 313,700)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $10,205 (25th highest)
> Population density: 110 per sq. mi. (22nd highest)