State government is the largest single employer in Minnesota. There are about 35,000 employees working for various state agencies under the executive branch. That doesn't include some 4,000 people working in state courts and higher education.
But wait a minute! Last year MPR fact checked a claim by Tom Emmer that three out of the top five employers in Minnesota were government. And they agreed with Emmer's source, Twin Cities Business Magazine, that there are almost 55,000 state employees-
The state of Minnesota is ranked first, employing 54,900 people.
They counted higher education separately, so that can't be the source of the error.
The University of Minnesota, which gets only 18 percent of its budget from the state, is in fifth place with 25,976 employees. It's important to note that the U of M is not part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, which employs about 19,500 full-and-part time workers. All told, that's 45,476 employees.
And they aren't getting confused by federal government workers, who were also identified-
In third place is the federal government, which has 32,637 employees
So what happened to the 20,000 state workers that Business Magazine counted last year and that MPR agreed with?