Illinois has the smallest number of state workers per 1,000 residents of any state in the union.
That's the conclusion of a new study by the Associated Press, which says Illinois, after shedding 4,000 employees since 2007 now has 4.1 workers for every 1,000 state residents.
Other midwest states -- Indiana, Michigan and Ohio -- are the only others in the nation with five or fewer state workers per capita.
Alaska has the greatest number of state workers for its popuation -- with 34.9 per thousand.
The AP figures exclude K-12 teachers and higher-education employees.