Gallup: Percentage of Gov’t Workers Highest In D.C., Alaska, Hawaii

By Jon Street | February 11, 2013 | 4:43pm EST

Dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (AP)

( – The highest percentage of government workers – federal, state, local -- in 2012 was in Washington, D.C., with Alaska coming in second and Hawaii third, according to Gallup.

Nearly 3 in 10 employed adults (29.2 percent) who work for the government live in the District of Columbia, said Gallup.  In Alaska, 28 percent of the population works for the government, and in Hawaii the percentage is 27.8 percent.

Following the top three were:

Maryland, 25.5 percent of population is government workers

Virginia, 22.8 percent

New Mexico, 21.8 percent

West Virginia, 20.8 percent

Louisiana, 19.9 percent

Mississippi, 19.1 percent

Washington, 19.0 percent

For contrast, the states with the lowest percentage of government workers – federal, state, local – were as follows:

Indiana, 11.5 percent

Pennsylvania, 11.7 percent

Missouri, 12.4 percent

Minnesota, 12.6 percent

Michigan, 12.7 percent

Vermont, 12.9 percent

New Hampshire, 13 percent

Ohio, 13.4 percent

Utah, 13.5 percent

Nebraska, 13.8 percent

Gallup’s results were based on a series of random phone surveys conducted among 200,225 U.S. adult workers between Jan. 1- Dec. 31, 2012. The percentages are averages of workers’ employment at the time they were surveyed and include those employed by federal, state, or local governments.

Margins of error for individual states are no more than 6 percentage points, although Gallup notes that most states are within 3 points of the margin of error.

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