The Business America’s In


Most readers of this site have likely seen this already, but I’d be remiss if I let it go by without comment:

Those employed by government in the United States in August of this year outnumbered those employed in the manufacturing sector by almost 1.8 to 1, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were 21,995,000 employed by federal, state and local government in the United States in August, according to BLS. By contrast, there were only 12,329,000 employed in the manufacturing sector.

If you’re wondering, Rhode Island has 60,600 government employees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (10,500 federal, 16,000 state, and 34,100 local).  That compares with 42,000 in manufacturing, 15,200 in construction, 64,200 in wholesale and retail trade, and 55,500 in leisure and hospitality.

For the last few decades, Rhode Island and America have primarily been in the business of government, which explains quite a lot about the condition of our country.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    this was broken in a recent census, I believe 2010. Nationally it was about 22% of the workforce in each state. RI was slightly higher, but only by 1, or 2, percentage points.