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States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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40. Michigan
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 14.4% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -8.5% (635,600 to 581,500)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $9,343 (21st lowest)
> Population density: 103 per sq. mile (24th highest)

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39. Tennessee
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 14.4% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: +0.4% (430,600 to 432,500)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $7,409 (3rd lowest)
> Population density: 163 per sq. mile (17th highest)

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38. Ohio
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 14.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -3.4% (786,100 to 759,200)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $9,648 (22nd highest)
> Population density: 261 per sq. mile (10th highest)

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37. Arizona
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 14.5% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -0.9% (416,300 to 412,500)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $7,149 (2nd lowest)
> Population density: 65 per sq. mile (21st lowest)

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36. Minnesota
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 14.6% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -2.4% (416,500 to 406,400)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $11,159 (11th highest)
> Population density: 65 per sq. mile (20th lowest)

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