TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A new study shows government entities are among the top employers in nearly every Florida county.
The study was released Tuesday by Florida TaxWatch, a research and advocacy group with strong business ties.
It shows a public entity was the top employer in 51 of Florida's 67 counties.
Bay County, Panama City, leads the way with government accounting for seven of its top ten employers.
School districts are one of the top ten employers in every county and rank one or two in 61 counties. They employ nearly one of every 30 Floridians who have a job.
The U.S. military is the top employer in Duval, Monroe and Okaloosa counties.
Bay County's top public employers are Tyndall Air Force Base, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Bay District Schools, Gulf Coast State College, City of Panama City, Bay County Board, and Bay County Sheriff.