Michigan’s government employees per capita ticked up last year after many years of decline. The state now has among the fewest government employees per capita among its peers and ranks well below the “Top Ten” average.

What It Is: The number of full-time equivalent state and local government employees per 1,000 people.

Why It Matters: High levels of government employment can contribute to quality government service, but can also lead to high taxes, administrative burden, and higher legacy costs.

Government Employees Trends

Government Employees Standings

U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll