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Ames, Iowa, had highest share of employment in government among metropolitan areas in October 2015

December 09, 2015

Metropolitan areas that are home to state capitals and public universities are likely to have a high percentage of nonfarm employment in government. Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University, had the highest share of nonfarm employment (41.6 percent) among metropolitan areas in October 2015. Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, had the lowest with 7.0 percent.

Metropolitan area employment in government as a percentage of total nonfarm employment, not seasonally adjusted, October 2015



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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Metropolitan area employment in government as a percentage of total nonfarm employment, not seasonally adjusted, October 2015
Metropolitan area Employment in government as a percent of total nonfarm employment(p)

Ames, IA

41.6%

State College, PA

40.7

Hinesville, GA

40.3

Warner Robins, GA

39.2

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

38.0

Manhattan, KS

37.9

Ann Arbor, MI

37.8

Iowa City, IA

37.0

Corvallis, OR

36.2

Tallahassee, FL

35.1

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

35.0

Lawton, OK

34.5

Jefferson City, MO

34.3

Champaign-Urbana, IL

34.1

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

34.0

Charlottesville, VA

34.0

Athens-Clarke County, GA

33.9

Bloomington, IN

33.9

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

33.8

College Station-Bryan, TX

33.8

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

33.5

El Centro, CA

33.5

Lawrence, KS

32.4

Carson City, NV

32.4

Gainesville, FL

31.8

Greenville, NC

31.7

Fayetteville, NC

31.6

California-Lexington Park, MD

31.6

New Bern, NC

31.4

Auburn-Opelika, AL

31.0

Jacksonville, NC

30.8

Columbia, MO

30.8

Flagstaff, AZ

30.3

Carbondale-Marion, IL

30.1

Las Cruces, NM

29.6

Pine Bluff, AR

29.5

Cheyenne, WY

29.4

Fairbanks, AK

29.0

Dover, DE

28.8

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

28.8

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

28.6

Yuma, AZ

28.4

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

28.1

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

28.1

Trenton, NJ

27.9

Muncie, IN

27.6

Merced, CA

27.3

Morgantown, WV

26.6

Killeen-Temple, TX

26.6

Salem, OR

26.6

Springfield, IL

26.5

Santa Fe, NM

26.4

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

26.3

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

26.3

Pocatello, ID

26.1

Visalia-Porterville, CA

26.1

Tuscaloosa, AL

25.8

Montgomery, AL

25.5

Logan, UT-ID

25.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

25.0

Hammond, LA

24.8

Madera, CA

24.7

Yuba City, CA

24.6

Grand Forks, ND-MN

24.6

Valdosta, GA

24.5

Hattiesburg, MS

24.5

Brunswick, GA

24.5

Utica-Rome, NY

24.4

Fort Collins, CO

24.3

Bakersfield, CA

24.2

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

23.9

Topeka, KS

23.7

Kingston, NY

23.7

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

23.4

Texarkana, TX-AR

23.2

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

23.1

Salinas, CA

22.9

El Paso, TX

22.9

Walla Walla, WA

22.8

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

22.7

Farmington, NM

22.5

Laredo, TX

22.5

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

22.5

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

22.3

Clarksville, TN-KY

22.3

Huntsville, AL

22.2

Madison, WI

22.2

Binghamton, NY

22.2

Columbia, SC

22.1

Cumberland, MD-WV

22.1

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

22.0

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

22.0

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

21.8

Goldsboro, NC

21.8

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

21.7

Wichita Falls, TX

21.7

Lincoln, NE

21.5

Ocean City, NJ

21.5

Albuquerque, NM

21.5

Albany, GA

21.5

Alexandria, LA

21.4

Wenatchee, WA

21.4

Tucson, AZ

21.3

Jackson, MS

21.3

Johnson City, TN

21.3

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

21.2

Danville, IL

21.2

Chico, CA

21.2

Boulder, CO

21.1

Yakima, WA

21.0

Lubbock, TX

20.9

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

20.9

Urban Honolulu, HI

20.8

Bellingham, WA

20.7

East Stroudsburg, PA

20.5

Bangor, ME NECTA

20.5

Fresno, CA

20.5

Jackson, TN

20.5

Oklahoma City, OK

20.4

Pueblo, CO

20.4

Redding, CA

20.3

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

20.3

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

20.3

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

20.2

Charleston, WV

20.1

Florence, SC

20.1

Bismarck, ND

20.0

Duluth, MN-WI

19.9

Columbus, GA-AL

19.9

Beckley, WV

19.8

Lewiston, ID-WA

19.7

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

19.7

Eugene, OR

19.6

Anchorage, AK

19.5

St. Joseph, MO-KS

19.5

Springfield, MA-CT NECTA

19.5

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

19.4

Wilmington, NC

19.3

The Villages, FL

19.2

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

19.0

Missoula, MT

19.0

Harrisonburg, VA

18.9

Lexington-Fayette, KY

18.7

Glens Falls, NY

18.7

Colorado Springs, CO

18.6

Dothan, AL

18.6

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

18.6

Stockton-Lodi, CA

18.6

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

18.4

Terre Haute, IN

18.4

Rocky Mount, NC

18.3

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

18.3

Austin-Round Rock, TX

18.1

Abilene, TX

18.0

Kennewick-Richland, WA

17.9

Battle Creek, MI

17.9

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

17.8

Sumter, SC

17.8

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

17.7

San Angelo, TX

17.6

Syracuse, NY

17.6

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

17.6

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

17.6

Coeur d'Alene, ID

17.5

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

17.5

Panama City, FL

17.5

New Bedford, MA NECTA

17.5

Albany, OR

17.5

Sebring, FL

17.4

Richmond, VA

17.4

Bowling Green, KY

17.4

Baton Rouge, LA

17.4

Amarillo, TX

17.3

Rapid City, SD

17.2

Prescott, AZ

17.2

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

17.2

Greeley, CO

17.1

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

17.0

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

17.0

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

16.9

Bloomington, IL

16.8

Corpus Christi, TX

16.8

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

16.8

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

16.8

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

16.8

Grand Junction, CO

16.7

Raleigh, NC

16.7

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

16.7

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

16.6

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

16.6

Victoria, TX

16.5

Santa Rosa, CA

16.4

Waco, TX

16.4

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

16.4

Grand Island, NE

16.4

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

16.3

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

16.3

Jonesboro, AR

16.2

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

16.2

Salisbury, MD-DE

16.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

16.1

Spartanburg, SC

16.1

Modesto, CA

16.1

Fort Smith, AR-OK

16.1

Knoxville, TN

16.1

Lebanon, PA

16.0

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

16.0

Salt Lake City, UT

15.9

Columbus, OH

15.9

Longview, WA

15.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

15.8

Dayton, OH

15.8

Elmira, NY

15.8

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

15.8

Boise City, ID

15.7

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

15.7

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

15.7

Medford, OR

15.7

Monroe, LA

15.6

Waterbury, CT NECTA

15.6

Great Falls, MT

15.6

Barnstable Town, MA NECTA

15.5

Kankakee, IL

15.4

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

15.3

Winchester, VA-WV

15.3

Grants Pass, OR

15.2

St. George, UT

15.2

Worcester, MA-CT NECTA

15.1

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

15.1

Decatur, AL

15.0

Toledo, OH

15.0

Macon, GA

14.9

Morristown, TN

14.9

Ocala, FL

14.9

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

14.8

Springfield, MO

14.8

Portsmouth, NH-ME NECTA

14.8

Rochester, NY

14.8

Wheeling, WV-OH

14.8

Casper, WY

14.8

Reno, NV

14.7

Bay City, MI

14.7

Akron, OH

14.7

Chattanooga, TN-GA

14.7

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

14.7

Mansfield, OH

14.6

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

14.5

St. Cloud, MN

14.5

Asheville, NC

14.4

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

14.4

Gadsden, AL

14.4

Jackson, MI

14.4

Rome, GA

14.4

Mobile, AL

14.3

Sherman-Denison, TX

14.3

Port St. Lucie, FL

14.3

Eau Claire, WI

14.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

14.3

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

14.2

Springfield, OH

14.2

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

14.1

Kansas City, MO-KS

14.1

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

14.1

Lake Charles, LA

14.1

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

14.1

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

14.1

Williamsport, PA

14.0

Napa, CA

13.9

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

13.9

Johnstown, PA

13.9

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

13.9

Savannah, GA

13.8

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

13.8

Fargo, ND-MN

13.7

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

13.6

Tulsa, OK

13.6

Provo-Orem, UT

13.6

Bend-Redmond, OR

13.6

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

13.5

Pittsfield, MA NECTA

13.5

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

13.5

Tyler, TX

13.5

Flint, MI

13.5

Wichita, KS

13.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

13.5

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

13.4

Lynchburg, VA

13.4

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

13.4

Homosassa Springs, FL

13.3

Punta Gorda, FL

13.3

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

13.3

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

13.2

Joplin, MO

13.2

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

13.2

Cleveland, TN

13.2

Danbury, CT NECTA

13.2

Odessa, TX

13.1

Altoona, PA

13.1

Ithaca, NY

13.1

Green Bay, WI

13.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

13.1

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

13.0

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

13.0

Roanoke, VA

12.9

Idaho Falls, ID

12.9

Kokomo, IN

12.9

Owensboro, KY

12.9

Janesville-Beloit, WI

12.8

Saginaw, MI

12.8

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

12.8

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

12.7

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

12.7

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

12.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

12.7

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

12.6

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

12.6

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

12.6

Greensboro-High Point, NC

12.6

Reading, PA

12.5

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

12.5

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

12.5

Winston-Salem, NC

12.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

12.4

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

12.4

New Haven, CT NECTA

12.3

Fond du Lac, WI

12.3

Hot Springs, AR

12.3

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

12.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

12.2

Gainesville, GA

12.2

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

12.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

12.1

Lafayette, LA

12.1

Erie, PA

12.1

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

12.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

12.0

St. Louis, MO-IL

12.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

12.0

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

11.9

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

11.9

Peoria, IL

11.9

Canton-Massillon, OH

11.7

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

11.7

Columbus, IN

11.7

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

11.6

Monroe, MI

11.6

Jacksonville, FL

11.6

Lewiston-Auburn, ME NECTA

11.6

Cedar Rapids, IA

11.6

Billings, MT

11.5

Burlington, NC

11.5

Gettysburg, PA

11.5

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

11.4

Longview, TX

11.2

Lima, OH

11.2

Racine, WI

11.2

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

11.1

Rockford, IL

10.9

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

10.9

Rochester, MN

10.9

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA

10.9

Manchester, NH NECTA

10.9

Muskegon, MI

10.9

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

10.8

Decatur, IL

10.8

York-Hanover, PA

10.7

Evansville, IN-KY

10.7

Appleton, WI

10.6

Wausau, WI

10.5

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

10.5

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

10.4

Dalton, GA

10.4

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

10.3

Sheboygan, WI

10.2

Pittsburgh, PA

10.0

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

9.8

Fort Wayne, IN

9.8

Midland, TX

9.8

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

9.8

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

9.4

Sioux Falls, SD

9.2

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

9.1

Dubuque, IA

8.8

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

8.8

Lancaster, PA

8.4

Midland, MI

8.2

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

7.0
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

State College, Pennsylvania, in which the main campus of Pennsylvania State University is located, had the second-highest share of total nonfarm employment in government (40.7 percent). Other metropolitan areas with large shares include Hinesville, Georgia; Warner Robins, Georgia; Hanford-Corcoran, California; Manhattan, Kansas; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. Government employment covers only civilian employees; military personnel are excluded. Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency also are excluded. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2015" (HTML) (PDF) and our data retrieval tool for metropolitan area employment data by industry.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Ames, Iowa, had highest share of employment in government among metropolitan areas in October 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/ames-iowa-had-highest-share-of-employment-in-government-among-metropolitan-areas-in-october-2015.htm (visited November 19, 2019).

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