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Federal And Government Jobs In Decline Under Obamas Administration

cut and paste king 2012/12/07 19:02:10
Under Obama, a Record Decline in Government Jobs
By FLOYD NORRIS
When Barack Obama ran for president four years ago, he appalled some Democrats by saying Ronald Reagan had been a transformational president.

Three years into his presidency, he has exceeded Reagan in one area: reductions in government jobs.



FLOYD NORRIS
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Over all — including a decline of 12,000 public sector jobs in the Labor Department report for December — government employment is down 2.6 percent over the last three years, compared to a decline of 2.2 percent in the early Reagan years. That is a record.

That record, which will seem a dubious distinction to public-sector employees, is largely a result not of federal policy but of shrinking state governments. State employment fell 1.2 percent in 2011 — the largest percentage for any year since counting began in 1955. The number is down 2.2 percent over the last three years. It was up 1.2 percent during Reagan’s first three years, declining in only one of the years.

Local government jobs used to be deemed super safe. Since the federal government started tracking the statistic in 1955, there have been only six years when local government employment declined. They have come in threes: 1981, 1982 and 1983, the first three years of the Reagan administration, and 2009, 2010, 2011, the first three years of the Obama administration.

The declines were a little larger under Reagan. The local-government job count fell 3.8 percent under him but just 3.5 percent over the last three years. But if teacher employment is the measure, the cuts have been greater under Mr. Obama. Education jobs at the local level are down 3 percent under Mr. Obama, compared to 2.1 percent in the early Reagan years.

Federal employment fell 1.3 percent in 2011, but for the three years it is up 1.3 percent, while the total fell by the same amount in Mr. Reagan’s first three years.

The declines in government jobs in both the Reagan and Obama presidencies coincided with major recessions, of course, which reduced tax receipts for all levels of government. If Mr. Obama had had his way, state and local government job losses in 2011 could have been reduced with more federal assistance, but such proposals were blocked by Republicans in Congress.

There is no reason to think Mr. Obama is as happy about the reduction in government workers as some Republicans. But like it or not, the Obama administration has turned out to be anything but a big-government one.

Some other notes from today’s jobs report:

Manufacturing employment, the subject of my column today, rose by 23,000 jobs and was up by 225,000 jobs, or 1.9 percent, for the year. It was the second consecutive annual increase after 12 declines in a row. Construction jobs increased by 0.8 percent in 2011, the first annual increase since 2006.
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  • EvilDoer 2012/12/07 19:11:03
    EvilDoer
    I guess they missed this....

    (CNSNews.com) - Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments.

    By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June.

    In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/artic...
  • cut and... EvilDoer 2012/12/07 19:18:34
  • EvilDoer cut and... 2012/12/07 20:01:10
    EvilDoer
    Figures straight from Dept. of Labor aka Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Kinda hard to argue with the Federal govt's own numbers, unless you're a blind. ignorant fool.
  • cut and... EvilDoer 2012/12/07 20:28:38
  • EvilDoer cut and... 2012/12/07 20:54:52
    EvilDoer
    ".... according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.".

    So, I'll go out on a limb here and assume that reading isn't your strong suit.
  • cut and... EvilDoer 2012/12/07 21:14:00
    cut and paste king
    So where is the data of the bureau i wanna see it on a heading that says bureau f stadistics
  • EvilDoer cut and... 2012/12/07 21:28:39 (edited)
    EvilDoer
    What... you don't know how to use the Internet?

    It's very simple actually.
    I'll take the 5 seconds to type in "U.S. Department of Labor statistics" and see what I come up with.

    Amazing...I got over 6 million results in under one second and the one I was looking for was right at the top.

    http://www.bls.gov/
  • cut and... EvilDoer 2012/12/07 21:31:40
    cut and paste king
    Can u explain to me how to use. The internet?
  • EvilDoer cut and... 2012/12/07 21:43:10
    EvilDoer
    Not on here I can't, but if you click on the link I left and look for the black bar near the top, it will reveal all sorts of categories to choose from.
  • cut and... EvilDoer 2012/12/07 21:45:53
    cut and paste king
    Im only kidding. Listen i already got the figures. I posted them to u. Before. Here. We go again
    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. Metropolitan Statistical Area

    Total nonfarm

    3,009.1 3,040.1 3,054.2 3,033...
    Mining, logging, and construction

    144.8 146.4 147.4 149.1 4.3 3.0
    Manufacturing

    50.4 50.2 50.8 49.8 -0.6 -1.2
    Trade, transportation, and utilities

    379.0 375.6 379.9 376.5 -2.5 ...
    Information

    81.5 79.9 79.9 79.8 -1.7 -2.1
    Financial activities

    146.4 150.0 150.7 150.7 4.3 2.9
    Professional and business services

    691.3 694.9 700.8 701.5 10.2 ...
    Education and health services

    363.5 379.8 378.5 376.5 13.0 ...
    Leisure and hospitality

    279.4 282.3 286.5 287.9 8.5 3.0
    Other services

    184.1 183.3 185.2 185.4 1.3 0.7
    Government

    688.7 697.7 694.5 676.2 -12.5...

    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. Metropolitan Division

    Total nonfarm
  • EvilDoer cut and... 2012/12/07 22:24:06 (edited)
    EvilDoer
    Point being, I put up an article that shows the recent surge in hiring that produced the figures 0bozo needed coming into November were mainly govt. jobs which was very misleading for the general outlook, and your figures above represent the DC Metro area only.

    The bigger picture is that the workforce participation has diminished while the population has grown. The number of people who had full-time jobs in 2008 is far more than the number today.

    The private sector has lost 6% of its workforce since 2008 whereas the public sector has only lost 0.5%.
    Meanwhile, the percentage of public sector workers making 6 figures skyrocketed from 14% to over 19% in the first 18 months of the recession and that doesn't include overtime and other perks.

    THAT's the imbalance that has been occurring at an alarming rate and WHY people want to level the playing field. WHY should a govt. worker get 20-40% more for the same job a regular citizen gets paid to do in the private sector?
    It all adds up as the debt continues to soar. Not to mention govt pensions which accounts for 17% of our total budget.

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