Government Added 240,000 Jobs in July

Terence P. Jeffrey | August 6, 2021 | 11:38am EDT
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( - Governments in the United States added a net total of 240,000 jobs last month, rising from 21,813,000 in June to 22,053,000 in July, according to the monthly employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This happened even as state governments decreased the number they employed by 8,000—dropping from 5,082,000 to 5,074,000.

The large overall increase in government employment was driven by local government education, where the number of people employed increased by 220,700 in July.

In June, there were 7,603,500 people employed in local government education. In July, that number climbed to 7,824,200.

Even so, employment in local government education is still down 205,400 from the high of 8,029,600 it hit in February 2020.

Employment also climbed in private education, rising by 40,000 in July.

“Staffing fluctuations in education due to the pandemic have distorted the normal seasonal buildup and layoff patterns, likely contributing to the job gains in July,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its employment report.

“Without the typical seasonal employment increases earlier, there were fewer layoffs at the end of the school year, resulting in job gains after seasonal adjustment. These variations make it more challenging to discern the current employment trends in these education industries.”

Despite the monthly gain of 240,000 jobs, July’s overall government employment level of 22,053,000 was still 782,000 below the 22,835,000 level it hit in February 2020—and 943,000 below the all-time high of 22,996,000 it hit in May 2010.

Total local government employment—including local education--rose from 13,861,000 in June to 14,091,000 in July.

Federal government employment increased by 18,000 in July, rising from 2,870,000 to 2,888,000.

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