Government Jobs Down 13,000 in July

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 3, 2018 | 9:25am EDT
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( - Government jobs in the United States dropped by 13,000 in July, according to new employment numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In June, there were 22,347,000 people employed in government across the United States, according to BLS. In July, that dropped to 22,334,000.

All of the decline in government jobs came on the local level, according to the BLS.

The number of people employed at the federal level climbed from 2,794,000 to 2,796,000—a one-month increase of 2,000.

The number of people employed by state governments climbed from 5,121,000 in June to 5,126,000 in July—a one-month increase of 5,000.

But on the local government level, the number of people declined from 14,432,000 in June to 14,412,000 in July—a drop of 20,000.

The combined 7,000 increase in federal and state government jobs brought the overall decrease in government employment down to 13,000.

Even with this month’s 2,000 increase in federal employees, federal employment is still down 14,000 under President Donald Trump. In December 2016, the last month before Trump took office, the federal government employed 2,810,000—14,000 more than the 2,796,000 it employed in July.

During that same period (December 2016 to July 2018) state government employment has dropped by 19,000—declining from 5,145,000 to 5,126,000.

However, since December 2016, local government employment has increased by 61,000, climbing from 14,351,000 to 14,412,000


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