Area government workers and pay

Public employment in all levels of government in the region’s counties in 2011, with total wages and average annual pay per employee.

 Employees Total wages Average annual pay

Atlantic County

Federal 2,256 $214M $94,700

State 1,128 $84M $74,300

Local 4,770 $289M $60,500

Cape May County

U.S. 160 $9M $58,900

State 237 $21M $87,900

Local 3,643 $165M $45,200

Cumberland County

U.S. 394 $29M $73,400

State 2,280 $185M $81,100

Local 1,958 $99M $50,500

Ocean County

U.S. 1,888 $177M $93,700

State 531 $38M $71,600

Local 7,577 $410M $54,100

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fewer workers, more pay

The number of federal, state and local public employees in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties has fallen since the recession ended in 2009, while total wages to those government workers has increased.

 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Employees 28,855 28,734 28,469 28,498 26,822

Total wages $1.60B $1.66B $1.70B $1.74B $1.72B

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics