Federal Employment Totals by State
Story by B. J. Fletcher, UNO School of Public Administration | Visualization by Mike Maciag
There were approximately 2.8 million federal employees nationwide in 2018, according to the Labor Department. The U.S. Postal Service — a quasi-public entity — employs about 600,000 workers, more than any other federal agency.
For Nebraska, 16,875 federal employees live in the state. Of this total, 8,774 employees are in full time or permanent civilian positions and 6,288 are active duty military. A substantial number of the federal employees working in Nebraska do so in the Department of Agriculture, Citizenship, and Immigration Services and the National Park Service.
Totals shown for agencies with at least 100 employees in selected state. National employment figures include employees working abroad and whose locations are suppressed.
Sources: BLS, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
About the data
- Labor Department Federal Employment Estimate: Represents calculated 2018 annual average total federal employment, including Postal Service workers.
- Civilian Employment: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), current as of June 2018. OPM figures do not include employment for the Postal Service and a limited number of smaller agencies.
- Postal Service: Estimates from the Labor Department's Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), current as of June 2018
- Military Active Duty and Reserve: Defense Manpower Data Center, current as of September 30, 2018. These numbers strictly reflect personnel permanently assigned for duty at the locations shown.