States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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15. Vermont
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 17.9% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +4.1% (54,200 to 56,400)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $12,467 (8th highest)
> Population density: 68 per sq. mi. (21st lowest)

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14. Virginia
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 18.1% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +4.0% (695,000 to 722,500)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,464 (18th lowest)
> Population density: 203 per sq. mi. (14th highest)

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13. South Dakota
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 18.1% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +4.5% (76,200 to 79,600)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,162 (14th lowest)
> Population density: 11 per sq. mi. (5th lowest)

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12. Kansas
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 18.2% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: -0.7% (260,000 to 258,300)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $9,883 (22nd lowest)
> Population density: 35 per sq. mi. (11th lowest)

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11. Maryland
> Gov’t. employees, 2018: 18.4% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2008-2018: +3.2% (488,800 to 504,600)
> State gov’t. spending per capita: $11,144 (19th highest)
> Population density: 595 per sq. mi. (5th highest)