Government Added 23,000 Jobs in January

Terence P. Jeffrey | February 4, 2022 | 9:15am EST
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( - Government in the United States grew by a net of 23,000 workers in January with all of the government employment growth coming in local governments—particularly public schools--as state governments and the federal government actually decreased their employment.

Total government employees in the United States grew from 22,121,000 in December to 22,144,000 in January, according to the monthly employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Local government employees climbed from 14,028,000 in December to 14,061,000 in January—an increase of 33,000.

At the same time, state government jobs dropped from 5,218,000 in December to 5,209,000 in January—a decline of 9,000.

The number of people working for the federal government dropped from 2,875,000 in December to 2,874,000 in January—a decline of 1,000.

Of the 33,000 increase in local government employment, 29,400 was in local public schools.  From December to January employment in local government education climbed from 7,676,500 to 7,705,900.

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