How Many Employees Work for the Federal Government?


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In 2014, the United States federal government employed 4,185,000 people. This number includes uniformed military personnel. Not including uniformed military personnel, the federal government employs 2,726,000 people. These numbers are compiled from total end-of-year employment data submitted by 113 federal government agencies.

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The data submitted by the 113 agencies includes full-time permanent, part-time, temporary, and intermittent employees. The Department of Defense provides data on uniformed military personnel. The federal government in 2014 employed less than 2% of the people with jobs in the United States. A full chart of federal government employment numbers dating back to 1962 can be found at OPM.gov.

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