Daily Ranking: Libertarian-Burgh?
But Pittsburgh ranks 99/100 in terms of the proportion of local jobs that are government jobs. Parsing that would take me a week so just take it as a curious factoid for the moment. If you are unclear the metric, 99/100 means we are ranked among the regions with the lowest proportion of government jobs... it is not that we rank low because we have a lot of government jobs. It means we are really a Libertarian haven. Who knew?
It really is a curious list I have never thought of before in quite this way. The only region with a lower proportion of government jobs is Grand Rapids, MI while the region just higher than us (so 97/100) is San Jose, CA. Not exactly 3 regions that have a lot of commonalities between them these days.
I'll add that if I were to guess, I bet the results of ordinal metric for this is driven by state level differences in how government and nonprofit sectors are organized. By that I mean in some states it is much more common to have community hospitals that are run by government in some form. Thus their workers get classified as government workers. In others such as with us, hospitals and health systems are more nonprofit organizations and nonprofits are technically private sector enterprises. There is a similar issue in some higher education jobs as well. Pitt, for example, as a "state-related" instittuion has private sector employees. Other states may capture more higher education workers as government workers per se.