The public workforce is an important sector of employment in many cities, but communities across the U.S. do not have uniform rates of public employment—there is quite a bit of variation, a new report has found.

The report, "Public Sector Employment and its Role in Local Economic Development," was released this month from the Urban Institute. It took a close look at the role of the public sector as an employer or direct support of jobs, and tried to illustrate the extent that public sector employment can be a force in creating and inducing economic growth in cities.

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