Calls to shrink the size of government...symbolize an anti-government sentiment across parts of the country.’s mostly red states more aligned with these views that are typically home to the highest concentrations of employees on government payrolls.

Eight of the top 10 states with the highest per capita rates of non-educational public employees voted for Mitt Romney in the last presidential election, according to a review of recent Census of Governments data tallying state and local public workers.

Nationally, state and local governments employed 237 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, not including teachers, for every 10,000 residents in 2012.

...In Wyoming, approximately 450 non-educational FTEs per 10,000 residents hold government jobs, the nation’s highest rate. Factoring in teachers, governments in the Cowboy State employ nearly one worker for every 10 people. It’s a fact that runs counter to the state’s political ideology, with a Gallup survey published in January finding more residents identified themselves as conservatives than any other state.

...With a few exceptions, states with lower concentrations of government workers are more left-of-center politically. Seven of the 10 states recording the fewest government workers per capita cast electoral votes for Obama in 2012.