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Hawaii falls from 1st to 3rd in share of government workers


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LAST UPDATED: 05:04 p.m. HST, Feb 11, 2013



Hawaii lost its distinction of having the highest percentage of government workers in its labor force, falling to third place last year in an annual report published Monday by Gallup.

The District of Columbia took over the top spot with 29.2 percent of its workforce made up of government employees. Alaska was second with 28 percent and Hawaii was third with 27.8 percent, according to the results of a Gallup Tracking poll released Monday. Nationally, government workers made up 16.2 percent of the labor force in 2012.

Hawaii had been No. 1 in 2011 followed by Alaska and D.C. The shift in the rankings was the result of government employment falling in Hawaii and Alaska while holding steady in D.C.

Within Hawaii federal workers made up 12.8 percent of the labor force, while state workers accounted for 10.6 percent. City and county workers comprised 4.1 percent of Hawaii's workforce, according to the report.





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eoe wrote:
Before the anti-government bashing begins, don't forget these numbers include the enormous U.S. military presence here - all feds. Also the Coast Guard, FBI, Immigration and Customs, and the Federal Courts.
on February 11,2013 | 04:29PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Are you sure? If you read the Gallup Economy article, nowhere does it mention military. I certainly didn't read the actual article that way. If it were true, why would Alaska be rated higher?
on February 11,2013 | 04:45PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I think eoe is probably correct. I have no stats to utilize, but given what is needed. I would imagine that given the limited people that live in Alaska and the geographical size where there needs to be city, county, state and federal jurisdictions, I could understand why, but nevertheless, it is something to question.
on February 11,2013 | 04:51PM
bender wrote:
I read the poll results in their entirety and no where does it say or not say anything about the military being included. However, it does frequently refer to "workers". I don't think the military members are considered part of the workforce. But we do have quite a few civilians who are employed by the feds to support all of the military bases we do have here.
on February 12,2013 | 04:56AM
cojef wrote:
Your post seems to be correct as the news account mention federal workers, State, and city and county. Of course the military bases have a large contingent of federal workers as all other locations where there is a military presence.
on February 12,2013 | 10:07AM
noheawilli wrote:
Well it's a step in the right direction. Now can we end the hgea ads reminding us that we are surround by State employees.
on February 11,2013 | 04:58PM
atilter wrote:
this is assuming that the responses to the poll are true. some may not answer truthfully, hiding some guilt to being a "trough feeder" ??! being number three in a list of fifty is not like being number forty or to harbor a prideful attitude.
on February 11,2013 | 05:39PM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
keep in mind that individual state employees are not consulted about what ads run on TV. Don't talk stink about the employees themselves, only blame the lack of intelligence in how the unions do their ugly business.
on February 11,2013 | 06:24PM
haolepino wrote:
Wow, you'd think we would have some of the best schools, satellite city halls & infrastructure......
on February 11,2013 | 05:09PM
HD36 wrote:
Is it a coincidence that DC real estate has kept going up?
on February 11,2013 | 05:38PM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
so how, in reality, does that have to do with this discussion?
on February 11,2013 | 06:25PM
AhiPoke wrote:
That is the result of the ridiculously high wages that federal employees make, in DC and elsewhere. With obama spending $T's there are more people feeding at the trough. If anything, what you're pointing out is the another result of our country's spending problem. So, no coincidence.
on February 12,2013 | 06:56AM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
yes and those employees, Federal/state/county/city are our neighbors, our family our uncle, auntie. The drop in jobs translates to hardship for everybody.....even those who don't feel part of this aina ohana.....and feel they can be critical about something that they know little of nothing about - only misinformation which they perpetuate and and embellish.
on February 11,2013 | 06:22PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Too Many people living off taxpayer money, we could probably lose 1/3 of those people and not miss them at all. There are many "do nothing" jobs in federal, state and city employment. All Public worker unions should be abolished.
on February 11,2013 | 07:04PM
engineersoldier wrote:
Let's watch the federal job numbers now that their biggest sugar daddy is no longer in Washington. As for the local gov't jobs, we should fairly easily be able to combine functions, such as transportation and public works, to save significant cost without cutting essential services. We need to elect leaders who will tackle this issue.
on February 12,2013 | 08:19AM
medigogo wrote:
I don't know about the feds, but some state and city government jobs should be privatized, such as janitors, road repair, trash pickup, harbors and parks management, etc. The private sector can manage these with greater efficiency and lower cost.
on February 12,2013 | 09:09AM
jakwa wrote:
I totally AGREE!!!
on February 17,2013 | 01:51PM
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