Posted on November 1, 2005 in Workforce
|The number of state employees varies considerably from state to state. An incomplete, but useful, measure of a state workforce is the number of citizens per state employee. This calculation allows for broad comparisons, although a caveat here is that in some instances public employees counted toward the state workforce in one state may be considered employees of another jurisdiction elsewhere, although they conduct the same functions. In the South, the average number of citizens per state employee is 59, which is roughly equal to the national average. In the region, the state with the greatest population per state employee is Florida, with nearly 85 people per employee, followed by Tennessee's 70 people per employee. The states with the fewest citizens per state employee are Louisiana and West Virginia, which both have 42 people per state employee.|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Census Bureau.