New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that California in 2007 accounted for a little more than 11 percent of the nation's state and local government employees and close to 15 percent of its state and local payrolls.
California had 1.83 million state and local civil service workers making $9.5 billion each month, compared with 16.4 million workers nationally with a monthly payroll of $64.2 billion. The head count is in Full Time Equivalent units.
You can click here to see the table we've built for state and local data on California and the nation. The data includes information from 1997 and 2002.
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IMAGE: U.S. Census Bureau