Of the 15.4 million workers, local governments reported 11.2 million full-time equivalent employees, while state governments employed 4.2 million.
The number of full-time equivalent employees is equal to the number of hours worked by part-time employees divided by the standard number of hours for a full-time employee. The result is then added to the number of full-time employees.
The tabulations from the 2001 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Employment and Payroll show that most full-time equivalent employees worked in education (8 million), hospitals (922,000) and police protection (885,000).
Other employment categories covered were corrections, streets and highways, public welfare, health, judicial-legal, financial administration and fire protection. As with all surveys, the data are subject to sampling variability, as well as non-sampling errors. Sources of nonsampling error include errors of response, non-reporting and coverage. Measures of sampling variability, presented as relative standard errors, are shown in the tables.
te and local governments employed 15.4 million "full-time equivalent" workers in 2001, a 2 percent increase over 2000, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an arm of the Commerce Department.