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Number of governmental employees in the U.S in 1982-2019

This statistic shows the number of governmental employees in the U.S. from 1982 to 2019. Both, full-time and part-time employees are covered. In 2019, around 19,688,200 people were working with state and local governments.

Number of governmental employees in the U.S. from 1982 to 2019 (in 1,000)*

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Release date

June 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1982 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures are as of March each year from 1997 onwards, and October for prior years. No survey was conducted in 1996 due to this change.
Values have been rounded.

Cumulative data for state and local government can be accessed here.

Federal Government Employees taken from the bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics, available here. Select "One Screen" for "Employment, Hours, and Earnings - National", then: "All Employees, Thousands" for box 1, "Government" for box 2, and "Federal" for 3. Not seasonally adjusted data for March each year are used to align figures with local and state government data.

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