U.S. number of government employees1982-2022

Total number of government employees in the United States from 1982 to 2022

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Release date

June 2023


United States

Survey time period

1982 to 2022

Supplementary notes

*Figures for state and local 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, and reflect an annual average which is 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. Select 'not seasonally adjusted data' for March each year are used to align figures with local and state government data.

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