Michigan’s number of government employees per capita increased slightly between 2015 and 2016. Still, the state has fewer government employees per capita than any “Top Ten” or peer state other than Pennsylvania.

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

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll)