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Ames, Iowa, had highest share of employment in government among metro areas

December 17, 2014

Ames, Iowa, had the highest share of nonfarm employment in government, 42.6 percent, among metropolitan areas in October 2014. Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, had the lowest share, at 7.2 percent.

Employment in government as a percent of total nonfarm employment, metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, October 2014
Employment in government as a percent of total nonfarm employment, metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, October 2014
Area Government employment (p) Total nonfarm employment (p) Government employment as a percent of total nonfarm employment (p)

Ames, IA

22,800 53,500 42.6%

Warner Robins, GA

24,500 58,800 41.7

State College, PA

32,800 79,200 41.4

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA

7,900 20,000 39.5

Ann Arbor, MI

81,800 215,400 38.0

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

14,200 37,400 38.0

Manhattan, KS

21,900 59,700 36.7

Tallahassee, FL

62,700 172,800 36.3

Iowa City, IA

36,800 101,500 36.3

Corvallis, OR

14,000 39,700 35.3

Athens-Clarke County, GA

32,100 91,900 34.9

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

26,500 76,100 34.8

College Station-Bryan, TX

37,500 107,700 34.8

Jefferson City, MO

26,900 77,500 34.7

Olympia, WA

36,200 105,200 34.4

El Centro, CA

17,800 52,200 34.1

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

28,700 84,800 33.8

Champaign-Urbana, IL

37,000 110,500 33.5

Greenville, NC

27,800 83,200 33.4

Bloomington, IN

28,400 85,000 33.4

Lawton, OK

14,600 43,700 33.4

Carson City, NV

9,200 27,600 33.3

Auburn-Opelika, AL

20,000 60,400 33.1

Gainesville, FL

43,200 133,000 32.5

Charlottesville, VA

34,400 107,000 32.1

Flagstaff, AZ

21,200 66,000 32.1

Jacksonville, NC

15,600 49,900 31.3

Columbia, MO

32,300 104,100 31.0

Lawrence, KS

16,900 55,400 30.5

Fayetteville, NC

39,400 131,900 29.9

Fairbanks, AK

11,700 39,700 29.5

Cheyenne, WY

13,900 47,200 29.4

Las Cruces, NM

20,900 71,700 29.1

Dover, DE

19,600 67,500 29.0

Lafayette, IN

29,500 102,000 28.9

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

65,200 228,900 28.5

Elizabethtown, KY

14,100 49,700 28.4

Muncie, IN

14,900 53,100 28.1

Pine Bluff, AR

9,900 35,300 28.0

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX

37,600 134,600 27.9

Yuma, AZ

14,000 50,300 27.8

Merced, CA

17,600 63,400 27.8

Morgantown, WV

19,500 71,500 27.3

Salem, OR

41,100 151,400 27.1

Madera-Chowchilla, CA

9,600 35,700 26.9

Springfield, IL

30,000 111,600 26.9

Santa Fe, NM

16,600 61,900 26.8

Trenton-Ewing, NJ

67,500 254,500 26.5

Anniston-Oxford, AL

12,000 45,200 26.5

Tuscaloosa, AL

26,600 101,200 26.3

Yuba City, CA

10,300 39,600 26.0

Visalia-Porterville, CA

30,000 115,900 25.9

Logan, UT-ID

14,700 57,300 25.7

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA

227,100 892,700 25.4

Montgomery, AL

42,900 168,700 25.4

Grand Forks, ND-MN

14,700 57,900 25.4

Valdosta, GA

13,800 54,700 25.2

Norwich-New London, CT-RI Metropolitan NECTA

32,300 128,200 25.2

Brunswick, GA

10,200 40,800 25.0

Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

37,200 149,700 24.8

Utica-Rome, NY

32,100 129,300 24.8

Hattiesburg, MS

14,900 61,100 24.4

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

11,500 48,100 23.9

El Paso, TX

70,300 294,400 23.9

Clarksville, TN-KY

21,100 88,900 23.7

Bakersfield-Delano, CA

60,600 257,500 23.5

Salinas, CA

30,300 128,900 23.5

Topeka, KS

26,200 112,400 23.3

Kingston, NY

14,400 61,800 23.3

Madison, WI

86,700 372,400 23.3

Laredo, TX

22,800 98,100 23.2

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

56,200 243,100 23.1

Pocatello, ID

8,700 37,700 23.1

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS

24,600 106,700 23.1

Huntsville, AL

50,200 218,000 23.0

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

31,300 136,700 22.9

Farmington, NM

11,600 50,700 22.9

Salisbury, MD

12,300 53,900 22.8

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

66,400 292,400 22.7

Albuquerque, NM

83,800 371,600 22.6

Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR

12,500 55,600 22.5

Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

12,700 56,600 22.4

Albany, GA

13,800 61,600 22.4

Cumberland, MD-WV

9,000 40,300 22.3

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

693,700 3,110,900 22.3

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

101,200 458,000 22.1

Columbia, SC

81,400 369,300 22.0

Jackson, MS

57,500 262,700 21.9

Alexandria, LA

13,600 62,200 21.9

Binghamton, NY

23,500 107,500 21.9

Goldsboro, NC

9,500 43,500 21.8

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA

38,600 177,300 21.8

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

20,900 96,000 21.8

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

46,100 212,500 21.7

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ

12,700 58,600 21.7

Redding, CA

13,500 62,400 21.6

Lincoln, NE

40,900 189,800 21.5

Honolulu, HI

99,800 464,300 21.5

Chico, CA

16,400 76,300 21.5

Ocean City, NJ

8,500 39,700 21.4

Tucson, AZ

79,100 370,600 21.3

Johnson City, TN

16,600 78,700 21.1

Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA

9,000 42,800 21.0

Yakima, WA

17,400 83,100 20.9

Lubbock, TX

28,800 138,300 20.8

Oklahoma City, OK

131,700 634,500 20.8

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

46,600 224,700 20.7

Wichita Falls, TX

11,900 57,400 20.7

Pueblo, CO

12,500 60,600 20.6

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

156,000 756,400 20.6

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

72,100 350,400 20.6

Lexington-Fayette, KY

54,400 264,800 20.5

Fresno, CA

65,800 320,700 20.5

Pascagoula, MS

12,300 60,200 20.4

Danville, IL

5,900 28,900 20.4

Boulder, CO

36,900 180,900 20.4

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

16,600 81,400 20.4

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

22,200 109,000 20.4

Bangor, ME Metropolitan NECTA

13,700 67,300 20.4

Eugene-Springfield, OR

30,200 148,500 20.3

Bellingham, WA

17,700 87,300 20.3

Columbus, GA-AL

24,600 122,300 20.1

Lewiston, ID-WA

5,500 27,400 20.1

Owensboro, KY

10,700 53,500 20.0

Jackson, TN

12,500 62,500 20.0

Duluth, MN-WI

26,700 134,600 19.8

Harrisonburg, VA

13,100 66,500 19.7

Anchorage, AK

34,700 178,400 19.5

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC

61,800 318,800 19.4

Florence, SC

16,800 86,800 19.4

Colorado Springs, CO

50,100 258,900 19.4

Bowling Green, KY

12,900 67,000 19.3

Prescott, AZ

11,400 59,500 19.2

Rocky Mount, NC

10,500 55,000 19.1

Stockton, CA

39,400 207,300 19.0

Wilmington, NC

27,900 147,000 19.0

Glens Falls, NY

10,400 54,800 19.0

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

171,900 906,400 19.0

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

32,800 173,400 18.9

Charleston, WV

27,700 146,900 18.9

Bismarck, ND

13,700 72,800 18.8

Sumter, SC

7,300 38,800 18.8

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

24,300 129,400 18.8

Dothan, AL

10,800 57,600 18.8

Anderson, SC

12,600 67,600 18.6

Abilene, TX

12,500 67,300 18.6

Baton Rouge, LA

73,900 398,800 18.5

Missoula, MT

11,300 61,000 18.5

Greeley, CO

18,000 97,400 18.5

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

19,300 104,700 18.4

Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA

22,300 121,000 18.4

Coeur d'Alene, ID

10,900 59,200 18.4

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY

47,600 258,700 18.4

Syracuse, NY

58,200 317,200 18.3

San Angelo, TX

8,800 48,400 18.2

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

231,300 1,272,600 18.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

60,300 331,900 18.2

St. Joseph, MO-KS

11,500 64,100 17.9

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

39,600 221,200 17.9

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

22,600 126,500 17.9

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA

19,200 107,600 17.8

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

8,200 46,000 17.8

Amarillo, TX

20,400 114,800 17.8

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

29,100 163,900 17.8

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

10,000 56,500 17.7

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

20,500 115,900 17.7

Ocala, FL

16,200 91,800 17.6

New Bedford, MA Metropolitan NECTA

12,600 71,600 17.6

Terre Haute, IN

12,600 72,000 17.5

Richmond, VA

113,000 648,100 17.4

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

162,900 937,700 17.4

Corpus Christi, TX

33,700 194,200 17.4

Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

10,100 58,400 17.3

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA

33,000 191,400 17.2

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

233,700 1,358,500 17.2

Rapid City, SD

11,000 64,000 17.2

Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA Metropolitan NECTA

8,500 49,600 17.1

Baltimore-Towson, MD

232,800 1,364,200 17.1

Battle Creek, MI

10,100 59,200 17.1

Dayton, OH

65,100 381,800 17.1

Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL

12,300 72,700 16.9

Spokane, WA

37,100 220,800 16.8

Columbus, OH

166,300 990,500 16.8

Jonesboro, AR

9,100 54,300 16.8

Morristown, TN

7,900 47,200 16.7

Fort Smith, AR-OK

19,500 116,600 16.7

Palm Coast, FL

3,500 21,000 16.7

Springfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

50,700 304,400 16.7

Modesto, CA

26,700 160,500 16.6

Bloomington-Normal, IL

14,900 89,700 16.6

Raleigh-Cary, NC

94,600 570,900 16.6

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

23,400 141,400 16.5

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

7,000 42,300 16.5

Waco, TX

17,800 107,700 16.5

Danville, VA

6,500 39,500 16.5

Monroe, LA

13,000 79,100 16.4

Grand Junction, CO

10,000 60,900 16.4

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

91,800 560,100 16.4

Elmira, NY

6,400 39,300 16.3

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

23,800 147,000 16.2

Boise City-Nampa, ID

46,400 286,900 16.2

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

15,100 93,600 16.1

Winchester, VA-WV

9,700 60,400 16.1

Lake Charles, LA

15,400 96,200 16.0

Spartanburg, SC

21,200 132,800 16.0

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

9,100 57,700 15.8

Salt Lake City, UT

107,400 687,300 15.6

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

25,300 162,000 15.6

Port St. Lucie, FL

20,200 130,200 15.5

Medford, OR

12,300 79,300 15.5

Kankakee-Bradley, IL

6,900 44,500 15.5

Great Falls, MT

5,700 36,900 15.4

Waterbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA

10,200 66,100 15.4

Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH

11,000 71,500 15.4

Rome, GA

6,100 39,700 15.4

Rochester, NY

80,100 522,200 15.3

Toledo, OH

48,200 314,800 15.3

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

78,900 515,700 15.3

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan NECTA

85,900 562,400 15.3

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

33,600 220,100 15.3

Victoria, TX

8,600 56,400 15.2

Eau Claire, WI

12,900 85,100 15.2

St. George, UT

8,300 54,900 15.1

Asheville, NC

27,700 183,500 15.1

Chattanooga, TN-GA

36,700 243,900 15.0

Lebanon, PA

7,800 51,900 15.0

Decatur, AL

8,100 53,900 15.0

Anderson, IN

6,300 42,000 15.0

Longview, WA

5,700 38,100 15.0

Akron, OH

49,800 333,100 15.0

Macon, GA

14,900 99,700 14.9

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

44,000 295,600 14.9

Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan NECTA

15,400 103,800 14.8

Gadsden, AL

5,500 37,300 14.7

Bay City, MI

5,600 38,000 14.7

Springfield, MO

30,200 205,100 14.7

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

28,700 195,000 14.7

Kansas City, MO-KS

150,500 1,024,200 14.7

Wheeling, WV-OH

10,200 69,700 14.6

La Crosse, WI-MN

11,500 78,600 14.6

Mansfield, OH

7,700 52,700 14.6

Provo-Orem, UT

31,600 216,900 14.6

Knoxville, TN

50,400 346,000 14.6

St. Cloud, MN

15,700 107,800 14.6

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC

47,200 324,600 14.5

Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

37,400 257,300 14.5

Napa, CA

10,300 71,100 14.5

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

268,900 1,860,100 14.5

Casper, WY

6,200 42,900 14.5

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

194,400 1,348,900 14.4

Mobile, AL

25,000 173,600 14.4

Reno-Sparks, NV

29,500 205,300 14.4

Holland-Grand Haven, MI

17,400 121,100 14.4

Springfield, OH

7,600 53,700 14.2

Wichita, KS

41,400 292,600 14.1

Ithaca, NY

10,200 72,600 14.0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

25,500 182,000 14.0

Jackson, MI

7,600 54,300 14.0

Bend, OR

9,400 67,300 14.0

Sherman-Denison, TX

6,300 45,200 13.9

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

1,241,100 8,910,600 13.9

Savannah, GA

23,200 166,700 13.9

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

8,500 61,100 13.9

Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL

6,300 45,300 13.9

Johnstown, PA

8,200 59,000 13.9

Sandusky, OH

5,300 38,200 13.9

Lynchburg, VA

14,100 101,800 13.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

302,900 2,192,000 13.8

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

27,600 200,000 13.8

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

16,600 120,400 13.8

Tyler, TX

13,500 98,000 13.8

Idaho Falls, ID

7,200 52,300 13.8

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC

125,300 910,600 13.8

Williamsport, PA

7,900 57,500 13.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

148,100 1,082,800 13.7

Flint, MI

18,900 138,800 13.6

Tulsa, OK

60,400 443,700 13.6

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

65,800 485,000 13.6

Fond du Lac, WI

6,500 48,000 13.5

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

82,900 614,100 13.5

Joplin, MO

11,200 83,200 13.5

Erie, PA

17,800 132,500 13.4

Pittsfield, MA Metropolitan NECTA

4,900 36,500 13.4

Punta Gorda, FL

5,900 44,200 13.3

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

74,600 559,400 13.3

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

12,800 96,000 13.3

Janesville, WI

8,800 66,100 13.3

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

85,400 641,600 13.3

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

46,100 346,600 13.3

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

246,000 1,857,800 13.2

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

389,200 2,939,500 13.2

Roanoke, VA

20,900 158,100 13.2

Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC

16,300 123,500 13.2

Kokomo, IN

6,100 46,300 13.2

Fargo, ND-MN

18,300 140,000 13.1

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA

13,500 103,600 13.0

Greensboro-High Point, NC

46,000 353,100 13.0

Danbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA

9,200 70,700 13.0

Altoona, PA

8,000 61,500 13.0

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ

244,100 1,886,500 12.9

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

29,600 229,300 12.9

Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV

5,600 43,500 12.9

Gainesville, GA

10,300 80,100 12.9

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

319,900 2,489,100 12.9

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI

11,600 90,600 12.8

Hot Springs, AR

4,800 37,600 12.8

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

153,600 1,203,800 12.8

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

20,600 161,500 12.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

310,800 2,440,700 12.7

Reading, PA

21,900 172,100 12.7

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

132,600 1,046,700 12.7

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

122,500 967,900 12.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

408,600 3,245,100 12.6

Monroe, MI

5,300 42,200 12.6

Cleveland, TN

5,700 45,400 12.6

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

106,100 847,700 12.5

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

130,700 1,051,400 12.4

Winston-Salem, NC

26,500 213,900 12.4

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

559,900 4,537,100 12.3

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA

70,700 573,100 12.3

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

9,500 77,400 12.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

698,700 5,725,300 12.2

Green Bay, WI

21,100 173,400 12.2

Columbus, IN

6,200 51,300 12.1

St. Louis, MO-IL

161,800 1,346,900 12.0

Odessa, TX

9,200 76,700 12.0

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

333,800 2,784,300 12.0

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan NECTA

24,100 201,900 11.9

Peoria, IL

21,200 178,700 11.9

Canton-Massillon, OH

20,500 173,300 11.8

New Haven, CT Metropolitan NECTA

33,400 282,700 11.8

Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI

7,400 62,800 11.8

Burlington, NC

7,100 60,400 11.8

Cedar Rapids, IA

16,700 142,700 11.7

Jacksonville, FL

74,400 637,100 11.7

York-Hanover, PA

20,700 178,500 11.6

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA

305,000 2,630,100 11.6

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

29,200 254,000 11.5

Billings, MT

9,700 84,400 11.5

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

15,700 137,000 11.5

Lima, OH

6,100 53,300 11.4

Racine, WI

8,700 76,500 11.4

Lewiston-Auburn, ME Metropolitan NECTA

5,700 50,300 11.3

Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA

11,500 102,000 11.3

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

39,700 353,300 11.2

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan NECTA

47,400 422,100 11.2

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

99,100 882,800 11.2

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

5,100 45,600 11.2

Longview, TX

11,600 105,500 11.0

Rockford, IL

16,300 148,800 11.0

Wausau, WI

7,400 68,000 10.9

Decatur, IL

5,600 51,500 10.9

Dalton, GA

6,900 63,800 10.8

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

91,700 855,500 10.7

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

119,700 1,117,900 10.7

Evansville, IN-KY

19,300 180,900 10.7

Naples-Marco Island, FL

13,300 128,500 10.4

Lafayette, LA

16,800 164,500 10.2

Fort Wayne, IN

22,300 220,100 10.1

Pittsburgh, PA

119,300 1,180,000 10.1

Appleton, WI

12,100 119,900 10.1

North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL

26,700 265,900 10.0

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

188,600 1,890,800 10.0

Sheboygan, WI

6,000 60,400 9.9

Rochester, MN

10,700 109,100 9.8

Sioux Falls, SD

14,200 147,500 9.6

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

96,400 1,011,500 9.5

Midland, TX

8,700 92,900 9.4

Lancaster, PA

20,600 236,900 8.7

Dubuque, IA

5,000 61,600 8.1

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

33,300 426,300 7.8

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

9,100 126,800 7.2
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Other areas with high shares of nonfarm employment in government were Warner-Robins, Georgia; State College, Pennsylvania; Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Hanford-Corcoran, California.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Area) program. The estimates are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

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