Government Dropped 73,000 Jobs in October

Terence P. Jeffrey | November 5, 2021 | 9:10am EDT
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( - Governments in the United States dropped a net total of 73,000 last month with government employment dropping from 21,999,000 in September to 21,926,000 in October, according the monthly employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This decline in employment occurred at every level of government—federal, state and local.

Federal government employment declined by 3,000—dropping from 2,885,000 in September to 2,882,000 in October.

State government employment declined by 25,000—dropping from 5,045,000 in September to 5,031,000 in October.

Local government employment declined by 45,000—dropping from 14,058,000 in September to 14,013,000 in October.

Government employment in the United States hit an all-time high in May 2010, when it rose from 22,569,000 to 22,996,000. Since then, the highest it has gone was in February 2020 when it rose from 22,789,000 to 22,835,000.

A decline in both state-level and local-level education jobs helped drive the overall decline in government employment. Employment in state-government education declined by 22,000—dropping from 2,413,000 in September to 2,391,000 in October. Employment in local-government education declined by 43,4000—dropping from 7,703,500 in September to 7,660,100 in October.

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