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Percentage of Workers in Government at 54-Year Low
Friday, January 23, 2015 6:40 AM

One of the things measured in the jobs report, which showed that US employers added 252,000 jobs in December and an unemployment rate 5.6 percent (the lowest unemployment rate since June 2008), is the number of government workers. As has happened each month in 2014, there was a small uptick in government employment during December, with government adding about 12,000 jobs.

After a sharp drop following the Great Recession, the number of government employees bottomed out in 2013 and has been on a very slow upward trend since. However, looking at government employees as a percentage of all employees shows a somewhat different picture.

Government employment since the 1970s has grown at a slower rate than employment overall, causing the proportion of government employees among total employees to remain on a mostly downward trend over the last 30 years.

As of December, about 15.6 percent of all employees worked for the government. The last time the percentage was lower than its current level was in August 1960.

Job growth in the US remains solid while wage growth is still lacking. 


Source:  Business Insider, 14 Jan. 2015