Who Gets Hurt the Most If US Goes Off 'Fiscal Cliff'
CNBC Senior Economics Reporter
Another way to look at the effects of the fiscal cliff is by Federal jobs. In some places, Federal jobs can represent a huge part of the workforce.
For example, in Grant County, LA, 22 percent of the workforce consists of federal jobs as a result of the high-security Federal prison in Pollock. Under the sequester, $537 million of federal prison salaries and expenses could be cut.
Few places even come close to Martin County, Indiana, where 59 percent of its workforce is federal as a result of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, among the largest naval installations in the world even though it's landlocked. (Read More: Boehner: I Believe We Can Do This' and Avert 'Cliff')
State by state, there are blue states like California and red states like Texas with high federal employment as a percent of the total. But that's how the sequester was designed: to spread out the pain sufficiently among states and counties and the political parties to provide enough incentive to bring all parties to the table to make a deal.
But in some cases, that could require a senator to vote for cuts that would hurt his or her largest employer, the federal government.
-BY CNBC's Steve Liesman; Follow him on Twitter @steveliesman