Special Report

States Where the Most People Work for the Government

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30. Oregon
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 15.6% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -5.0% (299,800 to 284,700)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $12,075 (5th highest)
> Population density: 43 per sq. mile (13th lowest)

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29. Utah
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 16.0% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: +12.6% (217,700 to 245,100)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $9,342 (20th lowest)
> Population density: 38 per sq. mile (12th lowest)

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28. Texas
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 16.0% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: +3.8% (1,893,200 to 1,964,900)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $8,715 (13th lowest)
> Population density: 109 per sq. mile (22nd highest)

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27. Kentucky
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 16.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -6.0% (317,200 to 298,300)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $8,907 (16th lowest)
> Population density: 111 per sq. mile (21st highest)

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26. North Carolina
> Gov’t employees, 2020: 16.3% of workforce
> Gov’t employment change, 2010-2020: -0.3% (715,900 to 714,000)
> State & local gov’t. spending per capita: $8,460 (11th lowest)
> Population density: 197 per sq. mile (14th highest)

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