Four Charts about Wisconsin’s Public Sector
1. Compared to other states, Wisconsin has a lean public sector
Wisconsin had 4.4 percent fewer state and local government employees than the national average given our population size, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project. Wisconsin had a leaner public sector than all but 11 states.
2. The number of public employees in Wisconsin has declined over the last decade
Current levels of public employment in Wisconsin are significantly lower than they were a decade ago, relative to our population size. The number of public employees per Wisconsin resident has fallen about nine percent since 2001, as shown in the chart.
3. There are nearly three times as many local government employees in Wisconsin than there are state employees
There were 207,000 full-time equivalent employees working in local government in Wisconsin in 2014, compared to 72,000 in state government.
4. Most public employees in Wisconsin work in education
Six out of ten government employees work in education, mostly in K-12 schools. A smaller number of employees work in higher education.
There are also significant concentrations of state and local government employees working in health and human services, police and fire, corrections, and transportation.
For more about public employees in Wisconsin, read our analysis: “Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leaner than Most States’.”