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California has 2.4M government employees, Sacramento most in U.S.

California has 2.4M government employees, Sacramento most in U.S.

California’s capital also holds another title – the largest percentage of government employees in the nation.

Almost three of every 10 workers in the Sacramento region are employed by federal, state or local government, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Positions can range from school district administrators to FBI agents.

Bakersfield – the center of the state’s energy industry – has the second-highest rate of public-sector workers in the nation at 25%, followed by Madison, Wis.

Fresno, Riverside-San Bernardino and Stockton cracked the national top 25 for government employees, each at 19.7% or higher. Fresno County, which benefits from a state university and an IRS processing center, finished at No. 6 on the national list.

Nationally, 16.7% of workers are employed by government, according to the Census Bureau.

The iconic entrance sign to Bakersfield. Photo courtesy of Rhonda Bagley.

The iconic entrance sign to Bakersfield. Photo courtesy of Rhonda Bagley.

Despite the high number of government employees in Sacramento, Bakersfield and Fresno, the state tracks the national average. California ranks No. 32 for government employees among the 50 states and Washington. D.C., where one of every three workers depends on a government paycheck. Alaska is second at 26%.

California has 2.38 million government employees, almost 900,000 more than second-place New York.

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