Government Jobs Continue to Decline

State and Local Governments Drop Nearly a Half Million Jobs in Two Years

By Jennifer Burnett

According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’sAnnual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll, state and local governments shed a total of 441,545 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions from 2009 to 2011. The number of employees in state and local governments has been declining since 2008 and represents the largest contraction of public employment in more than 30 years. In addition, state and local governments are increasingly relying on part-time labor.

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