Government Grew by 24,000 Employees in February

By Terence P. Jeffrey | March 4, 2022 | 8:54am EST
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Government in the United States grew by 24,000 employees in February, according to numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In January, government employed 22,174,000. In February, that increased to 22,198,000.

Over the year--from February 2021 to February 2022--government employment in the United States grew from 21,805,000 to 22,198,000, an increase of 393,000.

Government employment hit an all-time peak of 22,879,000 in February 2020, according to the historical data published by the BLS. Since then, it has dropped by 681,000.

The largest number of government employees work for local governments. From January to February, local government employees grew from 14,060,000 to 14,081,000—an increase of 21,000.

Local government employment hit an historic peak in January 2020 at 14,665,000. Since then it has dropped by 584,000.

State government employment grew from 5,239,000 in January to 5,242,000 in February—an increase of 3,000.

State government employment hit an historic peak of 5,310,000 in February 2020. Since then it has dropped by 68,000.

Federal government employment held steady at 2,875,000 in January and February of this year.

Federal employment hit an all-time peak of 3,416,000 in May 2010 (a Census year). The current federal employment level of 2,875,000 is 541,000 below that Census year peak.

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