The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 22, 2008
New U.S. Census statistics on state and local public employees

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 Census bureau seal.jpgto see the table we've built for state and local data on California and the nation. The data includes information from 1997 and 2002.

Or you can get more deeply into the data by clicking here. Let us know if you find anything interesting, and we'll post it and give you credit. Just remember: You have to be able to explain the significance of your findings in simple terms to a soft-headed reporter.

IMAGE: U.S. Census Bureau

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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