More than one in ten Virginians working in the Commonwealth is a private sector employee working under federal contract, according to data published by the Mercatus Center. That’s the highest percentage of any state in the country… by far. The comparable figure for Maryland is only 7.7%.
Add government jobs to federally funded private jobs, and the Virginia percentage increases to 28.8% — higher than any other state but New Mexico. The flip side of those numbers, the percentage of private sector employees in the workforce, is 70.2%.
No wonder Virginia is turning into a blue state.