Government Added 28,000 Employees in October

Terence P. Jeffrey | November 4, 2022 | 11:34am EDT
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( - The total number of people employed by government in the United States increased by 28,000 in October, according to the numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In September, the total number of people working for local, state and federal governments in this country was 22,322,000, according to BLS. In October, it rose to 22,350,000.

This was despite the fact that state government employment actually declined during the month. In September, there were 5,261,000 employed by state governments nationwide. In October, that dropped by 7,000 to 5,254,000.


By contrast, local government employment increased by 29,000 from September to October, climbing from 14,194,000 to 14,223,000.

At the federal level, government employment increased by 6,000, climbing from 2,867,000 to 2,873,000.

Total government employment in the United States peaked in May 2010 (a Census year) at 22,996,000. It then dropped to a decade-low of 21,814,000 in January 2014. In February 2020 (another Census year), it rose back up to 22,879,000. It then dropped to 21,416,000—the lowest point it has reached in the last three years—in June 2020.

It has since then climbed to its current level of 22,350,000.

“Every 10 years,” BLS explains, “the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a full count of the entire population of the United States, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. To achieve this mission, the Census Bureau hires hundreds of thousands of temporary workers. These workers are reflected in the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey employment estimates.”

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