Idaho State and Local Government Shrinks


Idaho has less government, literally. In new figures released by the U.S. Census, Idaho saw the nation's largest decline (5 percent) in state government employment between 2009 and 2020.

The Census counted 78,101 full-time-equivalent state and local government employees in Idaho in 2010. Of those, 28,949 were state workers; 56,161 were local government employees.

The lion's share of state workers were education employees (nearly 40 percent), almost all of whom were higher ed workers. They're followed by health and welfare (12 percent) and corrections (9 percent) workers.

In Idaho's local governments, again, education workers (60 percent) lead the list, followed by hospital workers (9 percent) and police protection (6 percent).