Government Employment Ticks Up 4,000

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 2, 2018 | 10:38am EST
(Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - State governments employed 11,000 fewer people in January 2018 than they did in December 2017, but overall government employment in the United States ticked up 4,000 in the first month of the year as local governments added 10,000 jobs and the federal government added 5,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Even with the 5,000 federal workers added in January, however, federal employment is still down 12,000 from January 2017, the month Donald Trump was inaugurated president.

Total government employment in the United States rose from 22,324,000 in December to 22,328,000 in January, an increase of 4,000, according to BLS.

Federal government employment rose from 2,797,000 in December to 2,802,000, an increase of 5,000. In January 2017, federal employment was 2,814,000. So, from January 2017 to January 2018, federal employment dropped 12,000.

State government employment declined from 5,125,000 in December 2017 to 5,114,000 in January 2018, a drop of 11,000.

Local government employment rose from 14,402,000 in December 2017 to 14,412,000 in January 2018, an increase of 10,000.

Total government employment in the United States peaked in April 2009, when it hit 22,677,000, which is 349,000 more than it is now.

During April 2009, when total government employment was at its peak, the federal government employed 2,922,000, which is 120,000 more than it employs now. State governments employed 5,182,000, which 68,000 more than they employ now; and local governments employed 14,573,000, which is 161,000 more than it is now.

 

CNSNews Reader,

The media are hard at work weaving a web of confusion, misinformation, and conspiracy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNSNews covers the stories that the liberal media are afraid to touch. It drives the national debate through real, honest journalism—not by misrepresenting or ignoring the facts.

CNSNews has emerged as the conservative media’s lynchpin for original reporting, investigative reporting, and breaking news. We are part of the only organization purely dedicated to this critical mission and we need your help to fuel this fight.

Donate today to help CNSNews continue to report on topics that the liberal media refuse to touch. $25 a month goes a long way in the fight for a free and fair media.

And now, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can make up to a $300 gift to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of your choice and use it as a tax deduction on your 2020 taxes, even if you take the standard deduction on your returns.

— The CNSNews Team

DONATE

Connect

Sign up for our CNSNews Daily Newsletter to receive the latest news.