Number of local governmental employees in the U.S. in 2017

Number of local governmental employees in the U.S. in March 2017, by function

Number of local governmental employees in the U.S. in 2017 This statistic shows the number of local governmental employees in the United States in March 2017, by function. For example, a total of 182,295 people were employed by local governments for work in libraries in March 2017. The largest function of employment by number of employees was primary and secondary education with more than 7.7 million local government employees.
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Number of local governmental employees in the U.S. in March 2017, by function

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Number of employees
Education - Elementary and Secondary Total 7,750,680
Police Protection Total 881,632
Hospitals 652,625
Education - Higher Education Total 586,827
Fire Protection Total 441,646
Parks and Recreation 379,562
Other Government Administration 354,610
All other and unallocable 317,796
Highways 290,867
Public Welfare 288,666
Health 276,980
Corrections 271,432
Financial Administration 271,295
Judicial and Legal 260,484
Transit 219,639
Libraries 182,295
Water Supply 180,071
Sewerage 128,229
Solid Waste Management 111,422
Housing and Community Development 108,415
Electric Power 74,730
Air Transportation 48,759
Natural Resources 44,164
Gas Supply 11,710
Water Transport and Terminals 8,943
Social Insurance Administration 587
Number of employees
Education - Elementary and Secondary Total 7,750,680
Police Protection Total 881,632
Hospitals 652,625
Education - Higher Education Total 586,827
Fire Protection Total 441,646
Parks and Recreation 379,562
Other Government Administration 354,610
All other and unallocable 317,796
Highways 290,867
Public Welfare 288,666
Health 276,980
Corrections 271,432
Financial Administration 271,295
Judicial and Legal 260,484
Transit 219,639
Libraries 182,295
Water Supply 180,071
Sewerage 128,229
Solid Waste Management 111,422
Housing and Community Development 108,415
Electric Power 74,730
Air Transportation 48,759
Natural Resources 44,164
Gas Supply 11,710
Water Transport and Terminals 8,943
Social Insurance Administration 587
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This statistic shows the number of local governmental employees in the United States in March 2017, by function. For example, a total of 182,295 people were employed by local governments for work in libraries in March 2017. The largest function of employment by number of employees was primary and secondary education with more than 7.7 million local government employees.
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