Poll: 17 percent of workers employed by government

About one in six American workers are employed by the government, according to a new Gallup poll.

Seventeen percent of respondents said they were employed by either the federal, state or local government.

Not surprisingly, Washington, D.C., has the highest portion of government workers at 38 percent. Alaska placed second, with 31 percent, followed by Virginia and Maryland, where a large number of federal employees live.

Ohio had the lowest percentage of government employees with just 12 percent.

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--Cross-posted from Blog Briefing Room.