Despite a push to diversify its economy, the Sacramento region still depends heavily on government wages.
The state employs roughly 75,000 workers in Sacramento County, excluding those working for its two college systems and the legislature. Collectively, they earned about $4.4 billion last year, far more than state workers in any other county, according to the State Controller's Office. State workers based in Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties earned another $200 million.
As part of his proposal to close a $16 billion deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to cut state worker pay by 5 percent (and introduce a four-day workweek for most state employees).
Cutting pay by 5 percent would take about $230 million in wages from Sacramento's economy, enough to potentially support a few thousand jobs. The cuts would represent a decline of about $1 for every $200 in wages earned in the region.
After years of growth, state wages have been stagnant recently, climbing slightly last year as furloughs ended. This chart shows how much state workers in the four-county region collectively earned during the past five years.
Source: State Controller's Office
Note: Updated Friday to distinguish between wages earned in Sacramento County and the other three counties in the region.