Number of local governmental employees in the U.S. in 2018

This statistic shows the number of local governmental employees in the United States in March 2018, by function. For example, a total of 185,401 people were employed by local governments for work in libraries in March 2018. The largest function of employment by number of employees was primary and secondary education with more than 7.7 million local government employees.

Number of local governmental employees in the U.S. in March 2018, by function

Number of employees
Education - Elementary and Secondary Total 7,742,683
Police Protection Total 890,119
Hospitals 691,698
Education - Higher Education Total 568,537
Fire Protection Total 437,282
Parks and Recreation 388,464
Other Government Administration 358,033
All other and unallocable 302,857
Highways 293,941
Public Welfare 293,024
Health 285,599
Corrections 271,326
Financial Administration 265,017
Judicial and Legal 258,865
Transit 223,677
Water Supply 185,572
Libraries 185,401
Sewerage 131,766
Solid Waste Management 114,304
Housing and Community Development 111,432
Electric Power 74,602
Air Transportation 49,661
Natural Resources 46,283
Gas Supply 11,783
Water Transport and Terminals 9,211
Social Insurance Administration 622
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

As of March 2018

Supplementary notes

Includes full-time and part-time employment.

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