October 25, 2011

Federal Workforce Trend, 2001-2010

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Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this chart shows the recent government-spending-fueled increase in federal employment. On net, since January 2008, federal employment has increased by 85,000 - counter to the movements of employment in state and local governments and in the private sector.  In aggregate statistics such as the unemployment rate, this increase has obscured harsh private sector job losses.