(CNSNews.com) - The number of people employed by government across the United States edged down in April with total government jobs dropping from 22,322,000 in March to 22,318,000 in April, a decline of 4,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But the decline was wholly dependent on state governments—as employment on both the federal and local levels increased.
The number of people employed by the federal government rose from 2,793,000 in March to 2,794,000 in April, an increase of 1,000.
The number of people employed by local government rose from 14,418,000 in March to 14,420,000 in April, an increase of 2,000.
At the state level, by contrast, the number of people employed by government dropped from 5,111,000 in March to 5,104,000 in April, a decline of 7,000.
According to the BLS, April marked the second month in a row that the number of people employed by the federal government has increased. In February, federal employment was 2,792,000. In March, that rose to 2,793,000, followed by the increase to 2,794,000 in April.
In December 2016, the last month before President Donald Trump took office, there were 2,810,000 employed by the federal government. That dropped to 2,792,000 recorded in February of this year—a drop of 18,000 in the first fourteen months of the Trump president.
However, with the 2,000 increase over the last two months, the number of people employed by the federal government has now declined by only 16,000 since Trump took office.