States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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25. Colorado
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 16.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +16.0% (383,700 to 445,000)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $10,219 (24th highest)
> Population density: 49 per sq. mi. (14th lowest)

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24. North Carolina
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 16.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +1.7% (720,700 to 733,000)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,658 (7th lowest)
> Population density: 196 per sq. mi. (15th highest)

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23. Utah
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 16.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +17.1% (211,700 to 247,900)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $8,809 (11th lowest)
> Population density: 34 per sq. mi. (10th lowest)

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22. Iowa
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 16.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +3.1% (252,900 to 260,700)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,100 (20th highest)
> Population density: 55 per sq. mi. (15th lowest)

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21. Louisiana
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 16.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -10.7% (366,900 to 327,600)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $10,139 (25th lowest)
> Population density: 105 per sq. mi. (24th highest)