What happens to feds if the the government downsizes?

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief, Government Executive

wfedstaff | June 4, 2015 5:28 pm

The size of the federal workforce has never been a more potent political issue. Although the federal government continues to employs one in six workers nationwide, that number is dropping. According to a recent report in The Atlantic, government employment is dropping as fast as it ever has since the 1940s.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the size of the federal workforce and where, geographically, the workforce is situated.

In a blog post on GovExec, Shoop listed the five states with the highest percentages of government workers (including state and local):


Percentage of government workers

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29.7 percent


29.6 percent

Washington, D.C.

29.1 percent


24.9 percent


23.6 percent