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Which states rely the most on government jobs? What about non-government jobs that are financed by federal contracts?
Direct government employment fails to capture the full impact of government spending on state labor markets. This new series of maps by former Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall and Robert Greene, both of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, estimates the amount of government-dependent jobs across the country—helping to illustrate the health of each state’s real private sector.
Each map shows the following percentages for each state, and is accompanied by rankings showing how they compare to the national average:
1. Federal contract-funded private-sector jobs as a percentage of total jobs (how much each state relies on federal contracting)
2. Public-sector and federal contract jobs as a percentage of total jobs (how much each state relies on jobs paid for by government)
3. Real private-sector jobs as a percentage of total jobs (how much each state relies on privately funded jobs rather than those paid for by government)
4. Percentage of real private-sector jobs gained/lost between 2007 and 2012