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This note uses public sector employment and expenditure data to show the relative importance of the public sector to the regions and countries of the UK.

In Q1 2014:

• Northern Ireland had the highest proportion of public sector workers in the UK – 28% of employment, equivalent to 220,000 people.

• The East of England had the lowest – 15% of employment, equivalent to 415,000 people.

In 2012/13:

• Public spending per head was highest in Northern Ireland at £10,900, or £20 billion in total.

• It was lowest in the South East of England at £7,600 per head, or £67 billion in total.

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