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FISCAL FACTS

Wisconsin’s public sector employment continues to fall

Wisconsin’s public sector employment continues to fall

In 2021, Wisconsin’s combined state and local governments counted just less than 277,800 full-time equivalent employees, the fewest relative to the state’s population in at least two decades.

Across school districts, state agencies, police departments, and more, Wisconsin’s state and local governments employ hundreds of thousands of workers. However, that number has fallen during the pandemic and has not kept pace with the state’s population for decades.