How large is the public sector in your country?
Many developed countries have cut back on their public sector workforces in recent years for austerity reasons but their share is still substantially higher than in many Asian countries. In South Korea, 7.6 percent of the total workforce is part of the government while in Japan, the share is only 5.9 percent.
More productive and self reliant people will reduce the need for state provided public services. This does not mean people are no longer social or in need, just that they are better equipped at handling things on their own.
In addition to this think about all the other related fields that stem from state regulation, incentives and in support of directly state ran sectors.