AP: Illinois has fewest state workers per capita

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.

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