State and local government employees, a visualization

How does your state compare to others in the number of state and local government employees, and the payroll costs of these employees?

The following interactive visualization lets you compare any states. Data is presented separately for state government employees and local government employees. The number of employees is presented as full-time equivalent employees per thousand population. Payroll costs are presented as annual payroll costs per capita population.

To use the visualization, click the check boxes to add or remove states from the charts. Click on axis labels to display a sorting menu. Use the visualization below, or click here to open it in a new window. Data is for 2011, obtained from U.S. Census Bureau; visualization created by myself using Tableau Public.