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Government Employment as a Share of Total Employment

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Visualization Notes:

The share of those either currently employed or previously employed who were government employees rose nationally and in Arizona from 2008 to 2010. Demand for many public services rises during recessions, keeping government employment from dropping as much as employment in the private sector. This began to reverse in 2011. The share in Arizona has been slightly higher than the U.S. average since 2008.