In Thomas' analysis, teachers and other public-school employees are counted as government workers, but not military personnel.Of all 100 metro areas analyzed by Thomas, Sacramento, California's capital, ranks highest in its percentage of government workers, 28.82 percent, followed by Bakersfield, Calif. (25.21 percent) and Madison, Wis. (24.04 percent). Washington, D.C., ranks 10th (22.51 percent).At the other extreme are Grand Rapids, Mich. (8.99 percent government jobs), Pittsburgh (10.4 percent) and San Jose, Calif. (10.66 percent).
We'd expect Madison and DC to do well. Pittsburgh is a real surprise. I should note that there are more than a few state capitals in the bottom 20% for percentage of government workers. I mainly bring this up because more than a few people have linked Pittsburgh prosperity with government largess. Considering all the disadvantages, Pittsburgh has done remarkably well.