Government Employment Ticks Up 4,000

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


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