How many people work for governments in the United States?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/04/06 14:24:14
Tax Burden: 40 Million Government Workers

One man has estimated the total: Prof. Paul Light of New York University.

[The federal government] uses contracts, grants, and mandates to state and local governments to hide its true size, thereby creating the illusion that it is smaller than it actually is, and give its departments and agencies much greater flexibility in hiring labor, thereby creating the illusion that the civil-service system is somehow working effectively. . . .

Contractors and grantees do not keep count of their employees, in part because doing so would allow the federal government . . . to estimate actual labor costs.

Here is his estimate: 11 million, broken down as follows: 1.8 million civil servants, 870,000 postal workers, 1.4 million military personnel, 4.4 million contractors, and 2.5 million grantees. These figures are from 2006.

Yet the federal government isn’t all. Despite its huge budgets, state and local governments dwarf Washington in direct employment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.8 million full-time and 1.5 million part-time employees on state payrolls. Local governments add a further 11 million full-time and 3.2 million part-time personnel. This means that state and local governments combined employ 19.5 million Americans.

When we add up the true size of the federal workforce — civil servants, postal workers, military personnel, contractors, grantees, and bailed-out businesses — and add in state- and local-government employees — civil servants, teachers, firefighters, and police officers — we reach the astonishing figure of nearly 40 million Americans employed in some way by government. That means that about 17 percent of the American labor pool — one in every six workers — owes its living to the taxpayer.

There is going to be a government default at some point. Tens of millions of these people will lose their jobs. The private sector will have to absorb them.

Think of the Great Depression, when government was a small percentage of the labor market. There was 25% unemployment in 1933.

Think of what will happen in the Great Default.

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  • miguelone 2013/03/12 20:37:43
    The Great Default is a function of mathematics. The only thing that is a variable is growth. We quash that by increasing govt (Medicare Part B, military, liberal stuff, etc), or reducing income (tax cuts). We are used to free candy. Except that nothing is really free, is it?
  • miguelone 2013/03/12 20:33:25
    "When we add up the true size of the federal workforce" it does NOT include non-federal workers. Did someone skip civics class?
  • Smokey 2012/04/06 15:11:21
    I'm a former war veteran that served in the United States Army, so back then, I worked for the Federal Government. And I continue to work for the Federal Government and I enjoy it greatly knowing that I'm serving and protecting the American people and our allies throughout the world!
  • wicked soda boy 2012/04/06 14:38:31
    wicked soda boy
    The trend of ever-growing government needs to stop, and it needs to stop right now.
    Otherwise, we're heading for disaster.

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