State and local governments in North Carolina cut workers by 3.6 percent in the last three years, according to an analysis of census data by Stateline.org.
The state eliminated more government workers than 34 other states. It is tied for No. 15 with New Jersey for cuts to local and state government payrolls, the analysis found.
On a national map, North Carolina is labeled in the top tier along with other state with heavy axes. (See the map here.) There were nearly a half million fewer state and local government workers in August 2011 compared to July 2008, according to the federal employment survey.