A recent job study found that the District of Columbia has a third of its residents working in the public sector, the Washington Business Journal’s G. Scott Thomas reports.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data compared non-farm job numbers with government jobs in each state.
Local, state and federal government entities employ 22.2 million workers nationwide, making for 16.7 percent of the nation’s 132.7 million member workforce, Thomas reports.
Followed by D.C. at 33.4 percent, Alaska has the second-most public sector workers at 25.8 percent.
Close behind were Wyoming, New Mexico and Mississippi, each having more than 22 percent of their workforce employed by the government.
Thomas additionally notes that West Virginia, Alabama, Montana, Hawaii and Oklahoma each have federal workforces crossing the 20 percent marker.