Number of Government Employees

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010

As of December 2009, there were 22.3 million employees of local, state, and federal governments in the United States (17.3 million full time and 5 million part time). 20 million of those were state and local, and the rest (2.3 million) federal. The payroll for all 22.3 million part- and full-time workers is about $83.4 billion dollars per month (not including benefits).

Part time workers will swell temporarily an extra 1.4 million during the 2010 Census [census.gov]. In 2000, the peak for part time census workers was 860,000 [about.com]. For some reason it takes twice the number of census counters to count the 2010 population, even though the population in the last 10 years has only gone up 10%, from 280 million to 307 million [census.gov].

The largest private employer, Walmart, has 1.4 million employees (or "associates") in the U.S. [walmartstores.com]. McDonald's, the second largest, employs 465,000 in the U.S. [cnn.com].